28 Yauri Students, 2 Teachers Freed,After Dilly-Dallying

Twenty-eight students and two teachers of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri were released on Wednesday by a notorious bandit, Dogo Gide,  following days of waiting by relatives and officials.

The victims were abducted four months ago by gunmen who overpowered security men on guard at the school located in a remote part of Kebbi State. 

But it later emerged that the victims were not released as the process could not be perfected due to the inability of mediators to meet with the kingpin.as of Sunday, two students and two teachers – a male and a female – were brought out from the forests and received by security personnel and medics stationed at Kotonkoro town, near the bandits-infested forests, Daily Trust gathered.

The latest party arrived Kotonkoro around 8:30pm on Wednesday, it was learnt.

“From Kotonkoro, they will be taken to Kontagora, before they are transported tomorrow (this morning) to Birnin Kebbi,” the source said. 

But another source said the freed students and teachers might likely be brought to Minna, the Niger State capital, and then to Abuja, before they would be taken to the Kebbi State capital. 

The 32 more victims were being held by the Gide. Six of the abducted persons had earlier been released by the bandits in two batches as part of talks for the release of the victims.

The latest efforts to get more victims out of the bandits’ den met bottlenecks after mediators’ failure to meet Gide when they travelled to retrieve the abductees. 

The warlord was said to have gone on a mission against another bandits’ leader, Daminu, who had attacked and killed four of his men. 

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