Zamfara girls regain freedom after seven months in captivity

Four girls abducted by terrorists in January on Kaura Namoda – Birnin Magaji road of Zamfara State have regained freedom after spending seven months in captivity with their abductors, but it was not clear as at the time of this report if ransom was paid

Penpushing reports that statement by the Zamfara governor’s spokesperson, Sulaiman Idris said the girls were rescued through government intervention and gave their names as includeJamila Isa, Aisha Isa, Ummulkhairi Musa and UmmulKhairi Umar.

The girls were brought to the state capital, Gusau, by men of the State Security Service (SSS), while the government said it was worried after receiving a video showing the girls in captivity pleading with their families and the government to come to their rescue.

‘As the Chief Executive of Zamfara State, I want to express my utmost gratitude to Allah for the freedom of these ladies who were kidnapped some seven months ago. It is indeed a moment of happiness for the government and the families of the victims. I am calling on the victims to consider what happened as a test from the Almighty Allah. Let it not in any way affect their lives, for they have a better future ahead”, the governor said

Penpushing further reports that the Governor, Dauda Lawal, assured that the rescued girls will be fully reintegrated into the society and their needs provided for, stressing that his administration is determined to bring an end to menace of kidnapping and banditry.

‘My government is determined to do whatever it takes to bring an end to the menace of kidnapping and banditry in our dear state. It is a collective responsibility; we must cooperate and always provide security with relevant information’, he said.

Penpushing also reports that an uncle of one of the victims, a resident of  Kura in Bungudu area said the family was happy over the release of the innocent girls, and thanked journalists for adequate publicity of the predicament of the victims

“I’ll not say anything. We’re happy that they have been released. What matters to us is that they are here with us. We thank you journalists for your efforts in publicising the predicament of our children”, he said

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