The gunmen grabbed 39 students from a forestry university in northwestern Nigeria on March 11 and previously released ten of them.
The kidnappers have released the remaining 29 students who were held captive, almost two months later kidnapping them from a forestry university in the Nigerian state of Kaduna.
“Kaduna State Police Command has informed the Kaduna State Government of the release of the remaining students from the Federal College of Forest Mechanization,” local state security official Samuel said on Wednesday. Aruwan.
The gunmen had taken 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in northwestern Nigeria on March 11 and previously left ten. The newly released students arrived at the police headquarters in the city of Kaduna on Wednesday night with a weak, abandoned appearance and dirty, torn clothes.
One student could not walk alone and was taken to the building, while another was rushed to the hospital.
Police did not allow reporters to speak to students.
Since December, more than 700 people have been abducted from schools in northwestern Nigeria, in an eruption of rescue kidnappings in the volatile region.
Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai has repeatedly said that his state government will not negotiate with “bandits,” as criminal gangs are known, nor pay ransom.
Abdullahi Usman, president of the parents ’association, said a ransom was paid for the release of the students, but declined to say who had paid or how much.
On Friday, Sanni, the father of two abducted girls, told police on the Reuters news agency that he had not yet allowed the parents to see them. While waiting, he worried about the fate of his daughters Rejoice, 17, and Victory, 19.
“We pray they are all of them,” he said.
Another parent, Linda Peter, said she had spoken to her daughter Jennifer on the phone, telling her they would receive medical checks before being released Thursday.
Aruwan said in a statement that the government was happy with the released students and asked them to “leave the past behind and work hard to achieve a happier and more successful future.”
He did not comment on whether a ransom was paid.