The reunion of parents and their daughters who had been kidnapped in Nigeria’s northwestern Zamfara State on Wednesday was marred by chaos as at least three people were shot by Nigerian security forces, according to eyewitnesses.
The incident in Jangebe town allegedly occurred after parents began hurling stones at government officials as they expressed their frustration over the duration of the handover ceremony.
There was no confirmation if there were any fatalities following the incident.
According to a parent who spoke to AFP, families wanted to go home before dark due to insecurity concerns on the roads.
279 girls were freed on Tuesday after being abducted from the Government Girls Junior Secondary School in Jangebe town last Friday.
The girls have been in the custody of the state government since their release.
Experts from the United Nations have appealed to authorities to ensure the girls are urgently rehabilitated.
In response to kidnappings and a rising wave of insecurity in the region, President Muhammadu Buhari imposed an indefinite ban on mining activities in Zamfara State and declared a no-fly zone over the region.