Six pupils of Kuriga School freed from kidnappers’ den are receiving treatment in Kaduna, the military said yesterday.

One hundred and thirty-one of their mates were handed over to the state government.

General Officer Commanding (GOC) First Mechanized Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Mayirenso Saraso handed the children over to Governor Uba Sani on behalf of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ).

He said the military used kinetic and not-kinetic methods in securing their release from the kidnappers in Zamfara State where they were taken.

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He confirmed that six pupils, one male and five females, are on admission at the Darlet Barracks military hospital.


The children spent 16 days with their abductors. They were made to trek a long distance from Kaduna to neighbouring Zamfara.

The release of the kidnapped children was secured without ransom payment, the Federal Government said.

The children, who were reunited with their parents at a dinner, are scheduled for psycho-social therapy at Kaduna State Women and Children Centre before being taken back to Kuriga.

The 131 students, who arrived at about 2:07 pm in three coaster and two 14-seater Hiace buses, appeared medically stable, except for some of them who were limping as a result of leg injuries believed to have been sustained following the long trek in the forest.

They were clad in new dresses and shoes provided by the authorities.




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