UPDATED: Niger Govt Secures Release Of 53 Kidnapped NSTA Passengers
The Niger State Government has secured the release of all passengers abducted from the Niger State Transit Authority (NSTA) bus.
Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, announced this via his official Twitter handle on Sunday.
“We are pleased to announce to the general public the release of the NSTA passengers abducted a week ago while returning to Minna along the Minna-Zungeru road,” he tweeted.
Video: All 53 Kidnapped NSTA Passengers regained their freedom, efforts ongoing to Rescue the Government Science Collage Kagara Students. pic.twitter.com/MCh9s1EV4R
— Governor Niger (@GovNiger) February 21, 2021
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Noel-Berje told Channels Television that the abductees were rescued around Zamfara State and are on their way to Niger State.
She however did not give details on how the government secured their release.
The travellers were later received by the Governor at the Niger State Government House in Minna the state capital, on Sunday night.
The governor also assured that efforts are still ongoing to ensure the release of students and workers recently kidnapped from Government Science Collage Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area.
“All 53 Kidnapped NSTA Passengers regained their freedom, efforts ongoing to Rescue the Government Science Collage Kagara Students,” the governor said on his official Twitter handle.
The governor’s announcement comes seven days after gunmen kidnapped at least 30 travellers along the Tegina-Zungeru highway in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
Officials of the drivers union in the area said the victims were travelling in a bus of the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) when they ran into an ambush by the bandits.
The gunmen also killed three members of the local vigilante group which attempted to foil their operation.