Niger: Bello receives 53 passengers who regained freedom

Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has received 53 abducted passengers of state-owned Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) who regained freedom.


News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that governor received abducted passengers at the Government House, Minna, on Sunday at about 11:35 p.m.

NAN recalls that NSTA passengers were seized by armed in Rijau on Feb. 14.


passengers were on their way to Minna but were intercepted at Kundu Village on Minna-Tegina Road in Rafi Local Government Area.

governor said that victims were released by their abductors after thorough negotiations and consultations between government and the suspected bandits.


“We thank God for helping us to secure their release. We went through one week of consultations and sleepless nights to secure their release,” he said.

He said that before they would rejoin their various families, state government must ensure that they undergo a thorough medical checkup.

released passengers were 20 women, nine children and 24 men.


NAN observed that victims were all looking tired and hungry, as some of them could barely walk.

However, governor said that abducted 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, were still in hands of their captors, adding that effort being intensified for their safe return.


He assured residents of the state that very soon the government would secure their release. (NAN)