Reunion of parents, kidnapped girls in Nigeria marred by chaos

ABUJA, NIGERIA - MAY 22: A Police officer stand guards during a demonstration that Nigerians demand release of Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped by extremist militants Boko Haram in capital Abuja, Nigeria on May 22, 2014. The protesters called for the safe return of the girls and for the Nigerian government to play a more active role in helping to return the girls to their families. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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.

FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian Police officer standing guard. (Photo by Nacer Talel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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.

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