Niger Govt. Says dialogue hastens release of 53 NSTA Passengers.

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Niger Govt. Says dialogue hastens release of 53 NSTA Passengers.

*Kagara students yet to be released

YAHAYA ZAKKA MINNA

The Governor of Niger state Abubakar Sani Bello has disclosed the release of 53 passengers of the ill fated State Transport Authority (NSTA) buses who were abducted by bandits late last week.

The Governor received them at the Government House in Minna.

The Governor who said out of the 53 released abductees, 20 are women, nine (9) Children and 24 Men.
Governor Sani Bello explained that their release followed series of dialogue, consultations and hard work.

He said all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure they go through medical checkup and evaluation before they will be reunited with their loved ones.

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“We went through one week of dialogue, consultations, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to secure their release within the shortest possible time.

“We have made all necessary arrangements to ensure that they go through a thorough medical therapy and evaluation and once that is done, then we can safely hand them over to their loved ones”, he said.

The Governor expressed gratitude to God Almighty for showing them the way to secure the release of the kidnapped victims and also appreciated everyone who has played a role in the release efforts.

He specially thanked the loved ones of the abductees for the understanding they showed.

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“We are grateful to God Almighty for guiding us, for protecting them, for showing us the way to secure their release.

“I will like to thank everyone that has played a role in this effort and also like to thank their loved ones for the understanding they have shown in this trying moment”, he said.

The Governor however said that the Students of the Government Science College Kagara, are still in the hands of their captives but that everything is being done to ensure their release.

Recalled that they were abducted one week ago in the State owned transport buses at Kundu village while returning from Rijau, in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger state.

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