The remaining two schoolgirls kidnapped from Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri (FGC) in 2021 have been freed after spending 707 days in terrorists’ den.
The two girls namely Faida Sani Kaoje and Safiya Idris were released in the early hours of Thursday.
According to reports, they were released after intensive negotiations by a special committee set up by their families and well-wishers, with the leadership of the bandits to ensure quick release from their captors.
Dogo Gide, a notorious bandit kingpin, had insisted that some conditions must be met by the Kebbi State Government before the remaining girls can regain their freedom.
On April 22, 2023, four Yauri female students with two babies were released after payments of a huge ransom to Dogo Gide were made.
On May 7, three other girls namely, Elizabeth Ogechi Nwafor, Esther Sunday and Aliya Abubakar, regained their freedom from their captors.
A source explained that the release of the abducted girls was effected after a huge ransom was generated by their parents and other stakeholders when the Kebbi State Government was reluctant to meet the bandits’ demands.
According to him, “The parents had to beg Nigerians to come to their aid financially in order to rescue their children from their abductors.”
He added that in a letter addressed to Nigerians in January 2023, the group known as “Committee of Parents of 11 Abducted Students of FGC Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, Nigeria,” solicited financial assistance towards raising the sum of N100 million as ransom to be paid to the terrorists, in exchange for their wards.
Salim Ka’oje and Mr. Daniel Alkali, the chairman and Secretary of the ‘Committee of Parents, explained that their female children (aged between 12-16 years) had been in the custody of their abductors for about 20 months now.
Eleven girls were abducted from the school in June 2021.
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