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Kidnapped Nasarawa Varsity Students Regain Freedom

The four kidnapped students of the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) have regained freedom after three days in their abductors’ den.

A source in the institution disclosed that the students were released on Thursday afternoon.

Rahila Hanya (SLT), Josephine Gershon (Computer Science), Rosemary Samuel (Business Administration), and Goodness Samuel (Geography) were abducted from their off-campus residence in Angwan Kare area of Keffi town on Monday night at about 10:30pm.

The Police Command in the state a manhunt was launched in collaboration with the military to rescue the victims.

Their abductors had earlier demanded the sum of N80 million as ransom for the release of the four students.

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Whether the ransom earlier demanded by the kidnappers was paid before the students were released or not could not be ascertained.

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The source added “I can’t tell whether any amount was paid, nobody is willing to volunteer the info on that. The most important thing, though, is that they have been released.”

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A Student Union official of the institution, Senator Julius James K, also confirmed to LEADERSHIP the release of the students.

“Yes, the students have been released and they are in good condition. We thank all those who assisted in ensuring the return of our colleagues from captivity,” the SUG official stated.

The students union official also could not immediately confirm if a ransom was paid or not, saying: “I really don’t know if money exchanged hands before they were released.”

The regain of freedom of the students was coming a few hours after Governor Abdullahi Sule of the state promised to do everything possible to secure the release.

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