After spending 42-day in captivity, Zamfara State Police Command said they have been able to secure the freedom of 100 villagers in the Nigerian northwestern state who were reportedly kidnapped in early June after intense negotiations with their abductors.
It was gathered that the bandits agreed to release the kidnapped villagers after the police and state authorities assured them no action would be taken against them for the kidnap.
Meanwhile, spokesperson of Police in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu in a statement on Tuesday said the release was “unconditional” and that it had been secured “without giving any financial or material gain” to the gang.
The group, including women and children, had been brought to a forest hideout after gunmen, locally known as bandits, stormed Manawa village on June 8.
Northwest, Northeast and central Nigeria have in recent years fallen prey to gangs of cattle rustlers and kidnappers who raid villages, killing and kidnapping residents.