Indications emerged at the weekend the abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, may be freed today.
Credible intelligence indicated that negotiations with the bandits who kidnapped the schoolgirls had reached a very advanced stage.
The source said: “They may be in Gusau (Zamfara State capital) today.”
Despite, the authorities of the Nigeria Police Force has maintained it would not relent in its joint rescue efforts for the abducted girls with the military and the Department of State Services.
Bandits Friday morning kidnapped 317 schoolgirls at Jangebe by gunmen who dressed like security personnel and taken to a forest.
The incident is the latest mass kidnapping for ransom by armed gangs in the North in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, a source has disclosed the Jangebe schoolgirls might be freed today as negotiations between the bandits and authorities was close to being concluded.
The source said the kidnapped schoolgirls were kept in a forest between Dangulbi and Sabon Birnin Banaga in the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
It said: “As I am speaking to you now (Saturday), vehicles have been arrangedt for their evacuation to Gusau town, the state capital,” the source said.
It however refused to disclosed whether money was paid as ransom for the release and how much had changed hands, clarifying the number of abducted girls was 279 and not 317 as generally reported, even as some of the girls were said to have escaped from captivity.
Confirming the news of their likely, release, a parent of one of the kidnapped schoolgirls, Mallam Garba Ibrahim, said on phone “we have been intimated by the authorities of this good news.”
Another parent, who pleaded anonymity, also said, “They told us that we should relax because our children have already been released by their captors.”