7 days after, nine abducted ABU students regain freedom

Barely 7 days in captivity, unknown gunmen have reportedly freed nine students of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state who were abducted.

Recall that they were abducted during an attack on motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road on Sunday.

According to report, the abductees who are students of Department of French were travelling to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV) in Badagry.

One of the students who escaped but suffered gunshot wound, Dickson Oko said the kidnappers had already reached out to the families of the students to demand N30 million each for their freedom.

There are reports that kidnappers reduced the ransom to N1 million for each student.

ABU’s chief security officer, Ashiru Zango said he got information that they have been released but was still awaiting details for the head of the French department.

Zango asked this reporter to call back for further details.

“I am still awaiting details from the (French) head of department,” he said.

“But someone told me that they have been released.”

Corroborating Zango’s assertion, Julius Mutum who said he is a brother to one of the victims, tweeted that his sister has been released.

“Some of the #ABU9 including my sister have just regained their freedom. Strictly by family efforts. Thank you @TheAbusite for lending your voice when everyone including govt and security agents didn’t care,” he tweeted.

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