Niger state authorities in northern Nigeria say eleven children who were among the many children abducted from the Salihu Tanko Islamic school have been released because they were “too young and unable to walk.” There has been no official confirmation of the exact number of students abducted from the school in the city of Tegina, but it is alleged that there are about 200 children.
In a statement, Sani Bello, the governor of the state of Niger expressed his sadness at the news of the kidnapping, adding that the security situation in his state had reached a crisis level. The statement signed by Mary Noel-Berje, the Niger state governor’s chief press secretary, said the bandits released the children “who were too young and unable to walk.”
“According to reports, more than ten people are receiving treatment at Wushishi General Hospital, even when searching for many missing people from Babako, Tashan Girgi, Kwakwagi, Fakara, Ndiga, Buzu, Akare, Kala Kala, Agwa, Anguwan Gizo Tsamiya and other neighboring villages are still being attacked by the Bandits, ”the statement read.
“The situation has reached a level of crisis, in fact, it is a war situation that we have to face without further delay,” he quoted the governor. The spokesperson said the state government is still searching and conducting a house-to-house count to determine the exact number of children abducted while the joint military task force is tracking the bandits.