27 pupils and 15 staff members of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, Nigeria who were kidnapped by a notorious gang of bandits on Wednesday, may be freed today by their abductors.

The victims who are mainly Senior Secondary School (SS3) students and the staff were taken away by the bandits who stormed their college by 2am, wearing military uniforms.

However, the hint of their possible freedom was given Saturday by Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi who during an interview with a national newspaper stated that the release was likely, given the ongoing talks between the government and the bandits.

He said that the negotiation for the release of the school children and members of staff was slowed down due to logistics, adding that the negotiation does not involve payment of ransom.

He was quoted to have said- “What I hear from (our contact) is that they are still negotiating to release them and hopefully, hopefully, we will get them tomorrow (Sunday), hopefully.

“Up till now, they have not been able to identify the boys, who (did the kidnapping). You know they are splinter groups. So, when you are dealing with groups like that in a vast area, with no communication, no road, then it has to be slow. But the main actors are ready to negotiate and stop the kidnapping altogether.”

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