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Just In: Nine Kidnapped ABU students Released

The nine French students of the French Department of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) have been released by their kidnappers.

The Chief Security Officer of the institution, Ashiru Zango, confirmed the news to PREMIUM TIMES on Sunday Morning.

“Yes, they have been released but I’m waiting to get the full details from their HOD who is in charge of the negotiations,” he said.

Mr Zango did not, however, state if any ransom was paid to secure their release.

However, a newspaper, News Express, reported that the students were released Saturday night after a million naira was paid as ransom for each of them.

The students were kidnapped while travelling to Lagos for an academic programme. Their abductors demanded N270 million as ransom, according to Daily Trust newspapers.

According to the report, Dickson Oko, one of the students who managed to escape when the incident happened along Abuja-Kaduna expressway, said the kidnappers demanded N30 million on each of them.

Mr Oko had managed to escape together with the driver of the bus into the bush but unfortunately sustained gunshot injuries.

The driver, Nurudeen Mohammed, who narrated his ordeal to the newspaper, said he was conveying the students to the French Village in Lagos for their Language immersion programme.

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