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21 abducted passengers in Niger State regain their freedom

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Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has announced that the 21 abducted persons travelling along the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) bus have regained their freedom.

The Governor made the announcement in a tweet on Sunday.

He wrote,  “Breaking News: The Niger State Government has succeeded in securing the release of all Abducted #RescueNSTAPassengers. Details shortly.”

On February 15, gunmen had ambushed the commuters who were said to be returning from a wedding in Rijau local government area (LGA) of the state.

Two days later, the kidnappers put out a video of the passengers and demanded a ransom of N500 million for their release.

They had threatened to kill the hostages should the government fail to meet their demands.

The state government had said it would not pay ransom for the abducted passengers and students of Government Science College (GSC), Kagara, who were abducted in the early hours of Wednesday.

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