The staff and students abducted last February 17 from the Kagara Government Science College in Niger state (central Niger) have been released, family sources told the Nigerian newspaper ‘Daily Trust’ on Saturday.
The group is now on its way to Minna, the state capital, to meet with the governor, Sani Bello.
The attack took place on Wednesday afternoon last week. At least 27 students and school staff were initially abducted. One of the students, identified as Benjamin Domma, is known to have died while trying to escape, but a staff member managed to flee from his captors and alerted authorities to the whereabouts of the abductees.
The attackers were wearing military uniforms, in what is believed to have been a premeditated attack. The incident took place three days after the abduction of 21 other people in Minna, who were released shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile, the international community continues to monitor the situation of some 320 schoolgirls abducted early Friday from a school in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara by unidentified gunmen.