279 students of the Government Girls’ Science Secondary School (GGSSS), Jangebe, Zamfara State, were released around 4am on Tuesday (1st of March). The President of the Federation, Muhammadu Buhari, expressed joy over the development.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President said:
“I join the families and people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the release of these traumatized female students.”
Buhari went on to say that “being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us” and that he was excited that their ordeal had come to an end, without any incident.
The President went ahead to call for greater vigilance by the people to detect such dubious plans by bandits early enough.
He also stated that the time has come to completely reverse the heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping.
Discouraging the payment of ransoms for such acts, he said, “Ransom payments will continue to prosper kidnapping”. He also urged the Police and the Military to go after these kidnappers and bring them to justice.