Kidnapping in Nigeria: More than 130 children abducted in Nigeria have been released

More than 130 kidnapped school children from Nigeria have been freed after more than two weeks in captivity. The Nigerian military said 137 of the 287 abducted girls and boys were released on Sunday. Governor Uba Sani of Nigeria's Kaduna state had suggested in an earlier statement that all 287 children abducted from their school in Kuriga town on March 7 had been released.

As of 2014, at least 1,400 school children are enrolled Nigeria
Kidnapped. At that time, the incident of kidnapping hundreds of girls by Boko Haram in Borno state caused a great sensation all over the world. In recent years, the northwest and central parts of Nigeria have been the scene of repeated kidnappings. Armed groups there often attack villagers and travelers and try to extort money. Hostages have become a veritable industry in Nigeria. Some experts estimate that the economic crisis has led to an increase in human trafficking.

In the current case, according to the children's relatives, the criminals have demanded a ransom of around 640,000 euros. The governor announced that the victims would be released without paying any money. A new law bans such payments — and when they do occur, authorities in Nigeria rarely admit to them to avoid inciting gangs. Abductions to encourage

A military spokesman said the children were found in Nigeria's Zamfara region, about 200 kilometers from the school. The army released photos of the children, exhausted and covered in dust, still wearing their school uniforms. According to media reports, the children are between the ages of 8 and 15.

The governor has announced that all the children will be rescued

It was not immediately clear why the governor had previously suggested that all schoolchildren be released. His office did not respond to requests for comment.

Nigeria's President Bola Ahmed Tinubu praised the “tireless efforts” of those involved in rescuing the children. Tinubu was elected on a promise to do something about Nigeria's dire security situation. However, according to critics, not much happened after that.

There have been several kidnappings in recent weeks in Nigeria. In early March, 15 children were kidnapped from another school. In mid-March, Nigerian media reported 75 people were abducted from Kaduna County in Kaduna, followed by 101 a few days later. According to reports, the hijackers shot into the sky and ransacked houses and shops.

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