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No Ransom, We’re Negotiating to Free Abducted Students – Niger State Government

By Our Reporter

Newwavereporters have on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, gathered that more revelations have emerged on the bandit attack on Tegina town in the Rafi Local Government area of Niger State.

Residents of the town have reportedly disclosed that three women were raped openly by the bandits.

A resident, Danjuma Aliyu, said, “One of the women had a baby in her hands, but a bandit raped her in the open. After raping her, he left with the others. Two other girls were raped the same way.”

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It was learnt that several people were abducted alongside the Islamiyya schoolchildren, including a former councillor of the local government area.

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It was learnt the ever busy Tegina town was a ghost town on Monday, May 31, 2021, as everyone stayed indoors and shops remained closed.

Meanwhile the Niger State Government said it would not pay ransom to the bandits, adding that it would explore other avenues to secure the release of the children.

The state government, in a statement by its Press Secretary, Mary Barje, said it was putting in measures to ensure the safe release of Islamic school children abducted by bandits in Tegina.

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