By John Ikani
Ninety students and members of staff of Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yauri, in Kebbi State who were kidnapped months ago, have regained their freedom.
They regained freedom after spending 118 days in captivity.
Father of one of the kidnapped students, who pleaded for anonymity, disclosed the development to newsmen on Tuesday evening.
According to him, all the kidnapped students and staff were released on Tuesday.
Another parent confirmed that he had been informed of the release of the students.
The parent did not disclose whether parents of the abducted students have reunited with them.
As of the time of this report, the state government and the police are yet to issue any statement over the development.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has earmarked N1.2bn in the 2022 Appropriation Bill to provide security infrastructures in the nation’s 104 unity schools.
This is contained in a bill currently before the National Assembly.
The bill became necessary as no fewer than 1,421 school children have been abducted between December 2020 and September 2021, with a total of 80 students kidnapped from Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri in Kebbi State over 118 days ago.
The budget appropriation stated that a total of N1.2bn had been allocated for the “Provision of security infrastructure in 104 unity colleges, perimeter fencing, solar street lights, solar-powered motorized borehole and CCTV.”