Bandits have released the 75 pupils of Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State who were abducted on September 1, 2021.

The Nigerian Television Authority broke the news via its verified Facebook page overnight.

The reports, however, did not indicate if ransom was paid for the release of the children.

Nigerian Police had confirmed the abduction of the over 70 students in Zamfara.

Zamfara State Police spokesman, Mohammed Shehu, had said in a statement that a large group of attackers stormed the Government Day Secondary School in the remote village of Kaya that Wednesday morning, seizing the pupils. He had given the number of seized children as 73.

“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large numbers of armed bandits,” he had stated.

Shehu said that Police rescue teams were working with the military to secure the release of the pupils.

The bandits later returned five of the pupils within 24 hours.

A former councilor of Kaya ward, Yahaya Kaya, said that his niece was among those released by the bandits; adding that the five freed pupils had been returned to their hometown of Kaya.

Following the abduction, the Zamfara State Government had ordered the immediate deboarding of boarding facilities in 30 schools.