Hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian girls freed: Governor

About 279 Nigerian girls kidnapped from their boarding school in the northern state of Zamfara have been released.

The governor of the state said the girls arrived on government premises in the state capital Gusau on Tuesday.

“I am happy to announce that the girls are free,” Dr. Bello Matawalle told AFP.

“They have just arrived in the government house and are in good health.”

An armed gang abducted hundreds of girls from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in the town of Jangebe on Friday last week.

There is a confusion over the number of girls kidnapped. Last week the government said 317 girls were abducted, but now the government claims they were incorrect.

It is also unclear if the government paid any ransom money for the release of the girls.

This release in Zamfara comes a day after dozens of students and staff members were freed two weeks after being kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Kagara, Niger State.