Nigeria: Kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren may regain freedom today — Sheikh Gumi

Sheikh Abubakar Gumi

The controversial Nigerian Islamic preacher, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, has said that the kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren are likely to be released today (Sunday).

He spoke on Saturday, while giving an update on his discussions with the bandits in Niger State.

Recalled that bandits said to be wearing military uniform, had, around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday invaded Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State and kidnapped 27 pupils and 15 staff members.

In the forceful entry to the school and sporadic shootings that followed, a Senior Secondary School (SSS) 3 student was killed and other whisked away with no report of injury sustained.

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The safety of those kidnapped has, however, been of national concern, as the immediate families of the victims and Nigerians have been worried.

Gumi had said on Saturday that he has been in talks with the bandits in the forest, and there was a possibility that the captives may regain freedom their today.

Government and security agencies have not given any clue on the possibility of the release or rescue of the innocent Nigerians kidnapped by the bandits days after the dastard act.

Gumi had also recently met with some bandits in Zamfara State forests, after which he called for amnesty for the bandits, who he said told him had protested security agents’ killing and arrest of their members.