A state official claimed on Monday that 75 pupils kidnapped from their school in Nigeria’s northeastern Zamfara State were released after their kidnappers were put under pressure by a military crackdown.
On Sept. 1, gunmen abducted the youngsters from the village of Kaya, the latest in a string of mass abductions from schools around the region.
Since December of last year, over 1,100 youngsters have been apprehended. Authorities said they were kidnapped for ransom by heavily armed gangs of bandits.
“In that area, operations are still underway, and communications have been completely shut down. Our forces are building on their previous victories. At this time, information on ongoing operations will be premature “he stated
Sawyerr added in a separate statement on Sunday that the military was aware of photographs and videos circulating online purporting to depict the dumping of bodies of individuals slain in the Zamfara raid in mass graves. The photographs, he claimed, were not authentic.
“The viral photographs that are circulating have nothing to do with the ongoing operations,” he added, adding that the armed forces were acting “in strict accordance with the norms of armed conflicts.”