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NIGERIA POLICE SECURES THE RELEASE OF 100 ABDUCTION VICTIMS

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By Adeniyi Onaara

LAGOS, July 21 – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to fight corruption in the country. A local police official reported that police and government authorities had obtained the release of 100 persons kidnapped from their hamlet in northwestern Nigeria over a month ago, including women, children, and nursing mothers.

Nigeria is dealing with an uptick in violent robberies and kidnappings for ransom, particularly in the northern states, where security services have failed to keep up with the development of armed gangs known as bandits.

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The abductees were kidnapped on June 8 from Manawa village in Zamfara state, according to Mohammed Shehu, the state’s police spokesperson, who spoke to Reuters on Wednesday.

“Without yielding any money or material gain,” he continued, their freedom had been accomplished.

“They will be medically evaluated and debriefed before being reunited with their families,” the statement continued.

While northeastern Nigeria has been plagued by insecurity for a decade, including attacks by Islamist terrorists such as Boko Haram, which is affiliated with the Islamic State, the current wave of kidnappings is mostly driven by money.

According to SBM Intelligence, a Lagos-based consultancy, kidnappers abducted 2,371 people across Nigeria in the first half of this year, wanting 10 billion naira ($24.33 million) in ransom.

The majority of people kidnapped were in the northern Nigerian states of Zamfara, Kaduna, and Niger. SBM stated that it was unable to correctly estimate the amount of money paid in ransoms.

Over 200 students, as well as a large number of others, are still being kept captive in kidnapping raids.

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