Kidnappers have freed six schoolgirls and two teachers who were abducted on October 3.
The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan confirmed their release in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in kaduna on Saturday.
“We are relieved that this criminal violation of the right to liberty is over and that they are all back safely.
“The victims most of whom are minors, and their families will now be focusing on recovering from this undeserved trauma,” he said.
Aruwan did not state how they were released.
However, sources familiar with the negotiations disclosed that the kidnappers received N10 million before freeing the girls.
The students and teachers of Engravers College in Chikun Local Government Area were freed late Friday. They have now been taken to the police station and a hospital in Kaduna for medical evaluation.
The girls were abducted on October 3 at the mixed-gender school in the outskirts of Kaduna town. State and law enforcement authorities immediately swung into action to ensure the release of the girls.
It was later decided that the parents and school officials should be allowed to conduct back-channel negotiations with the kidnappers to avoid jeopardising the safety of the victims.