On March 11, gunmen abducted 39 students from a forest college in northwestern Nigeria and released 10 of them earlier.
The kidnappers held the remaining 29 students captive for about two months Kidnap them From Forest College, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
“The Kaduna State Police Command has informed the Kaduna State Government that the remaining students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization have been released,” local state security officer Samuel Aruwan said in a statement on Wednesday.
On March 11, gunmen took 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in northwestern Nigeria and earlier released 10 of them. The newly released students were found weak, adulterous and wearing dirty, torn clothes at the police headquarters in Kaduna town on Wednesday night.
One female student could not walk alone and was taken to the building, another was rushed to the hospital.
Police did not allow journalists to speak to students.
More than 70,000 people have been abducted from schools in northwestern Nigeria since December in a series of kidnappings for ransom in volatile areas.
Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has repeatedly said that his state government will not negotiate with “bandits” because these criminal groups are known, or pay ransom.
Abdullahi Usman, chairman of the parents’ association, said the ransom was paid for the release of the students, but declined to say who paid or how much.
The father of the two abducted girls told Sunny Reuters on Friday that police had not yet allowed them to see their parents. As he waited, he expressed concern about the fate of his daughters, aged 17, and 19.
“We pray that they all come together,” he said.
Another guardian, Linda Peter, said she spoke on the phone with her daughter Jennifer, who told her they would receive their medical check before they were released on Thursday.
Aruwan said in a statement that the government is happy with the released students and called on them to put their past behind them and work hard towards a happy and successful future.
He did not comment on whether the ransom had been paid.