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Twenty-one children who were abducted by terrorists in Katsina State have regained their freedom. They were kidnapped last Sunday while working on a farm in Mairuwa community, Faskari Local Government Area of the state.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday had urged authorities to swing into action and rescue the children.
In a statement signed by UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Ms Cristian Munduate, the UN agency described the abductions as “reprehensible.”
Police spokesperson, SP Gambo Isah confirmed their release in a statement on Saturday.
He said the the victims comprising 17 girls and four boys have since been reunited with their respective families as investigations continue.
“Good evening Gentlemen of the Press. It is with great joy that I announce the release of all the 21 abducted workers that were kidnapped while working in a farmland at Kamfanin Mai Lafiya village, Faskari LGA of Katsina State.
“They have been reunited with their families. Investigation is ongoing please”, the statement said.
Isah had on Wednesday confirmed the abduction, noting that the incident occured on last Sunday afternoon at about 12:30 pm.
The terrorists had demanded the sum of N30 million ransom or direct discussion with the owner of the farm where the victims were working.
Even though the terrorists were said to had reached out to parents of some of the victims to bargain on the ransom, it is unclear if any ransom was paid before the children were freed.