The 42 persons kidnapped by bandits from the Government Science College Kagara, Niger State, were yet to be released Sunday night, an official said.
Recall that a total of 27 students, three staff members and 12 members of their family were abducted by the bandits in the early hours of Wednesday, February 17.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Niger governor, Mary Noel-Berje, had earlier at about 10:30 p.m. told newsmen they had been released.
Noel-Berje has, however, issued a clarification that the released victims are not the staff and students of the Kagara school.
The state and federal governments have expressed hope that the students will be released unhurt as negotiations were ongoing with the bandits.