Terrorists, locally dubbed as bandits who abducted dozens of schoolgirls from Federal Government College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State two years ago have released four of the remaining 11 girls in their custody.

The four girls released by a notorious bandit leader, Dogo Gide on Friday evening were Bilha Musa, Faiza Ahmed, Rahma Abdullahi and Hafsa Murtala, Daily Trust reports.

The spokesperson for the parents of the abducted girls, Salim Kaoje, who confirmed the release of the four girls on Saturday morning said that “It took six days of negotiations in the forest before four of the girls were released to us.

“We have seven more still in captivity and two of the parents are still in the forest trying to secure their release.”
Kaoje further said that they had paid an undisclosed amount of money to secure the release of the four girls after they sold their properties and a fundraising that saw many Nigerians assist the parents financially.

Recall that in January 2023, Kaoje had confirmed that they were negotiating with Dogo Gide after they sought intervention through the mother of the bandit.

The girls and their teachers were abducted by the bandits when they attacked FGC Birnin Yauri on June 17, 2021.

Whereas some of them regained freedom shortly after their abduction, 11 of the students remained in the bandits’ captivity despite huge sums of money reportedly being paid as ransom and prisoner swaps at different times.