I'm Filled With Overwhelming Joy Over Freed Zamfara School Girls - Buhari - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

I'm Filled With Overwhelming Joy Over Freed Zamfara School Girls - Buhari

... As One The Victims Narrates Ordeal 
 
                           • The Girls


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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “overwhelming joy” over release of abducted female students of Zamfara Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara State just as one  of the victims of the abduction, Hafsat Anka, said the captives threatened to kill, fry and eat them if they failed to cooperate.

Narrating their ordeals at the Government House, Gusau, shortly after regaining freedom, Hafsat said they trekked over a long distance from the school, had a stopover for some hours before they reached their destination.

“There was no clean water or good food, and we felt we had already spent years even though it was our first day and the bandits kept firing into the air to scare us.

“They were very young boys with on one elder they called Kasalle or Yaya who gave them instructions, and he was the one that stopped them from touching any of us,” she said.

The bandits, she revealed further, wore military uniforms and claimed they defeated the security officials by invading the school and successfully whisking the girls away.

Hafsat, who said she was happy for being rescued, pointed out that she would continue her studies but as a day student.

The students were abducted last Friday around 2: 00 a.m. generating public outcry across the world, with many calling on the government and security agencies to ensure their safe return according to NAN.

But reacting the girls' release, the President said “I join the families and people of Zamfara State in welcoming and celebrating the  release of these traumatized female students."

President Buhari said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident, adding that "being held in captivity is an agonizing experience not only for the victims, but also their families and all of us.”

However, while celebrating the release of the students, the President called for greater vigilance by the people so that human intelligence could be collected early enough to nip the bandits’ plans in the bud.

He warned that the time has come to reverse, completely, the grim and heartbreaking incidents of kidnapping. “Ransom payments will continue to prosper kidnapping,” he warned, while urging the Police and the Military to go after these kidnappers and bring them to justice.

 


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