World Liberation in Nigeria of the 42 people kidnapped 10 days ago in a boarding school

15:15  27 february  2021
15:15  27 february  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Libération au Nigeria des 42 personnes enlevées il y a 10 jours dans un pensionnat © Copyright 2021, L'Obs

The 42 people, including 27 children, kidnapped ten days ago in an school in the center-west of Nigeria, were released, local authorities announced on Saturday, the day after another mass kidnapping where ,317 young girls were also abducted in the north of the country .

"The students, teachers and their relatives of the College of Sciences of Kagara have found their freedom and are received by the local government", announced on twitter Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of the Nigerian state of Niger, one areas mined by criminal groups called "bandits".

In mid-February, armed men attacked this public secondary school in Kagara, killing a student and taking with them 27 students, three teachers and 12 family members of staff.

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The “bandits”, as the authorities refer to them, terrorize the local populations, carry out mass kidnappings for ransom, now abduct children from schools, loot villages and steal livestock.

On Friday, 317 girls attending school in Zamfara state further north were also abducted from their dormitories. A rescue operation is underway, made up of security forces, but also angry villagers.

Lure of profit

President Muhammadu Buhari, very strongly criticized by the catastrophic security situation in northern Nigeria, assured Friday evening that he would not "give in to the blackmail" of the bandits.

With each new mass kidnapping, the authorities, federal or local, claim to pay no ransom to the kidnappers for the release of the hostages, which is unlikely in the eyes of security experts who fear that this mode of kidnappings will multiply in the country. region.

These criminal gangs are motivated by greed, but some have forged strong links with jihadist groups present in the northeast.

This criminal violence has killed more than 8,000 people since 2011, and forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes, according to a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG) think tank published in May 2020.

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