Jangebe abduction: Negotiations with bandits in final stage, Girls may be released today

Barring any last-minute changes, abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, may regain freedom today, as sources claimed that negotiations with the bandits who kidnapped the schoolgirls had reached a very advanced stage.

Bandits on Friday morning kidnapped over 300 schoolgirls at Jangebe,Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

A very competent source informed on Saturday that negotiations with the bandits who kidnapped the schoolgirls had reached a very advanced stage, saying “they may be in Gusau (Zamfara State capital) today.” The Sunday PUNCH  reports.

The girls were believed to have been taken to a forest by the gunmen, who abducted the schoolgirls by reportedly disguising as security personnel.

The source told one of our correspondents on Saturday that the Jangebe schoolgirls might be freed today as negotiations between the bandits and authorities had almost been concluded.

“As I am speaking to you now (Saturday), vehicles have been arranged for their evacuation to Gusau town, the state capital,” the source revealed.

The kidnapped schoolgirls were believed to have been kept in a forest between Dangulbi and Sabon Birnin Banaga in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

A tacit confirmation of the impending release of the school girls was a release by the Zamfara State government saying it is expecting good news on the abducted schoolgirls.

The state government, however, refused to either confirm or deny the rumours that the state and the abductors had reached a truce concerning the expected release of the schoolgirls.

But the state Commissioner for Information, Suleman Anka insisted that the state was hoping to welcome the schoolgirls soon.

He said, “We are hoping that they (the schoolgirls) would be back soon. We have that hope and belief. We are expecting good news concerning them soon. That is all I can tell you.”

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