The Zamfara state government has debunked the report making the round that the abducted schoolgirls have been released.
A statement from the government, today, noted that students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara Local Government Area are still with their captors.
Yusuf Idris, media aide to Governor Bello Matawalle, told PREMIUM TIMES at about 3 p.m. told that efforts were still ongoing to secure their release.
He made the clarification following media reports that the girls had regained freedom.
Idris said the governor had just concluded a meeting with traditional rulers in the state at Government House, Gusau, towards ensuring safe return of the students.
Also buttressing the government’s position, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abutu Yaro, stressed that the girls had yet to be released.
“I want to call the attention of the good people of Zamfara State, they should disregard any fake news regarding the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe by one national daily. It’s not true. But, Alhamdulillah, the state government and securities are their trying their best,” Yaro was quoted to have said by PREMIUM TIMES.
The governor’s spokesperson, Mr Idris, also urged the public to ignore the media reports that the students had been released, calling on the parents and residents of the state to pray for the safe return of the students.
“The state government is committed for safe return of the students sooner or later, we should please exercise patience,” the official said.
The Jangebe schoolgirls were abducted two days ago.
The incident came barely two weeks after 38 students and staff were also abducted from a school in Kagara, Niger State.
Those abducted in Niger were released on yesterday morning
The abduction was executed by the bandits terrorising Northwestern states despite Governor Matawalle’s embrace of amnesty initiative to bandits.
The governor has been at the vanguard of the campaign for amnesty for bandits boasting that the state has secured thousands of abductees from the clutches of the gang following his decision to enter into peace talks with them.
He even urged his counterpart from Niger State, Abubakar Bello Sani, to follow suit when students and staff of Kagara were abducted two weeks earlier.