No fewer than 75 pupils of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State have reportedly regained their freedom from their abductors.
The students who regained freedom were kidnapped from their school on September 1, 2021 after bandits stormed the facility and whisked them away.
It would be recalled that following the abduction, the State Government imposed a curfew on 13 local government areas and shuts down public and private schools across the state.
The government had said that the curfew and indefinite closure of schools would assist the security agencies in preventing further abduction and arrests of the perpetrators in the state.
According to the government, movement within the affected councils would be restricted between 6 pm and 6 am while across the state capital, Gusau, movement restriction would be from 8 pm to 6 am.
Announcing the directives approved by the State Governor, Bello Matawalle, the Commissioner of Police, Zamfara Command, Ayuba Elkana, said that the decision was indefinite.
Elkana, while addressing pressmen at the state capital, Gusau, said: “I wish to inform the general public that His Excellency the executive governor of Zamfara State has ordered the closure of all schools within the state, both primary and secondary schools that are existing here are now with immediate effect.
“It’s a threat, you know the bandits will like to go back to kidnap more students, so for their safety, the schools have to be closed until peace is restored in the state,” the Commissioner added.
The abduction of the students came barely five days after the students of the College Of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura earlier abducted in the state regained their freedom.
Zamfara, just like other states in the northwest and north-central, has been facing serious security challenges from bandits that were said to have converted Rugu forest to their den.
The forest straddles Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, and Niger states and its landmass has further aid persistent attacks on schools, seizing students to extort ransom from parents.