Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has received the 53 abducted passengers of the state-owned Niger State Transport Authority.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor received the abducted passengers at the Government House, Minna on Sunday at about 11:35pm.
NAN recalls that the NSTA passengers were seized by armed bandits in Rijau area of the state on February 14.
The passengers were on their way to Minna, but were intercepted at Kundu Village on Minna-Tegina Road in Rafi Local Government Area.
The governor said the victims were released by their abductors after thorough negotiations and consultations between the government and the suspected bandits.
Bello said before they would return to their families, the state government must ensure they undergo thorough medical checkup.
The released passengers were 20 women, nine children and 24 men.
NAN observed that the victims were looking tired and hungry and some of them could barely walk.
However, the governor said the abducted 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, were still in the hands of kidnappers, adding that effort was being intensified for their safe return.
He assured the residents of the state that very soon the government will secure their release.