Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has received the 53 released Niger State Transport Authority bus passengers abducted by armed bandits last week Sunday at Kundu village in Rijau Local Government Area of the state.
The Governor received them at the Government House Minna on Sunday night.
Bello said the release of the victims followed series of dialogue, consultations and hard work. He said all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure they go through medical checkup and evaluation before being reunited with their loved ones.
“We went through one week of dialogue, consultations, hard work and sleepless nights because we had to secure their release within the shortest possible time.
“We have made all necessary arrangements to ensure that they go through a thorough medical therapy and evaluation and once that is done, then we can safely hand them over to their loved ones”, he said.
The Governor expressed gratitude to God Almighty for showing them the way to secure the release of the kidnapped victims and also appreciated everyone who played a role in the process.
He specially thanked the loved ones of the abductees for the understanding they showed.
The Governor said that the students of the Government Science College Kagara, are still in the hands of their abductors but that everything is being done to ensure that they return home safely.
Out of the 53 released abductees, 20 are women, nine (9) Children and 24 Men.