Reports: Kagara students exchanged for 4 jailed bandits

Governor Sani Bello, left, with the Kagara students freed by bandits

By Abankula

The bandits that kidnapped 38 people, including 24 Kagara students were paid with prisoner swap to free their captives.

According to Daily Trust, some members of the bandits’ gang being held in Nigerian prisons, were released before a deal could be struck

After days of working to establish contact with the abductors and subsequent negotiations, the victims were released to a team of police and other security agents around 7am on Saturday.

Daily Trust reported that the bandits demanded the release of six members of their group arrested at different times by security agents.

Four of the six named persons, were identified in different detention facilities in Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states.

However Niger state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Idris, denied there was a prisoner swap.

He also denied that ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

But Daily Trust insisted that two of the prisoners were released to the bandits before the students were set free.

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  • Buhari's government is confused, aimless and clueless.

    The terrorists they released will inherently mobilised and ultimately launch more attacks in future.

    Since this President came to power, more and more northerners have become terrorists because they know, Buhari wouldn't order any serious attack against them.

    I'm not surprised seeing this President continually released terrorists. This is a man who famously said that attack on Boko Haram terrorists is attack on the north.

    How then would such a man fight terrorists if he believes that attack on Boko Haram terrorists is attack on the north.

    Nigeria is in trouble with this President in power.

    What a man and his demonic mindset, prejudices and bigotry.

    What a situation. I take a stroll. Nonsense.

  • Did we hear of any top commander of the BANDITS standing trial? Are we being ruled by criminals? Yes of course. All progressives Criminals . (APC)

  • The present Nigeria government will deny anything, so it will be an attempt in futility to engage it in any worthwhile discussion on the conditions for the release of the kidnapped learners. At the end of the day, the government will claim that the release was without any sort of exchange. It was not on the basis of something for something (quid pro quo) but purely on the basis of nothing for something.
    One keeps what the country's security agencies are doing. Harassing innocent citizens while people are being kidnapped right, left and center.