The schoolgirls kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talatu-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been released after nearly four days.
The abduction of the over 300 students happened last Friday when gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded their school.
There was speculation about their release at the weekend, but the Zamfara state government dismissed the rumour as fake news.
The State Commissioner of Police, CP Abutu Yaro, and the commissioner of information debunked the claim.
However, the abducted girls have been released this morning.
”Alhamdulillah! It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students of GGSS Jangebe from captivity. This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts. I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe,” Bello Matawalle, the governor, wrote on his official Twitter handle.
The Jangebe abductions happened a few days after 27 schoolboys were kidnapped from Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state.
Captives from both incidents have regained freedom.
The Northwest have recently become hotspots of abduction by bandits.
In December last year, schoolboys were abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
They were released a few days later.