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  • Updated: March 24, 2024

How students kidnapped in Kaduna were rescued in Zamfara – Army

How students kidnapped in Kaduna were rescued in Zamfara –

The Nigerian military has disclosed how students abducted by bandits in Kuriga, Kaduna State were rescued in Zamfara State.

Major General Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations, said in a statement on Sunday that the military collaborated with local authorities and government agencies across the nation to conduct a search and rescue operation that resulted in the students' recovery.

Buba stated that the captives abducted on March 7, 2024, were freed in the early hours of March 24, 2024.

The statement indicated that there are 137 freed captives, 76 girls and 61 males.

It further shared that the rescued pupils will be transported and turned over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.

The statement reads: “It would be recalled that, on 7 March 2024, troops received information that terrorists had invaded LEA School Kuriga in Chikun LG of Kaduna State. During the incident, an unconfirmed number of pupils were abducted. Following the incident, the military committed to leaving no stone unturned until all the hostages were rescued.

“Accordingly, in the early hours of 24 March 2024, the military working with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated search and rescue operation rescued the hostages. The hostages are the same persons who were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

“The rescued hostages totalling 137 comprise 76 females and 61 males. They were rescued in Zamfara State and would be conveyed and handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.”

Buba further disclosed that forces freed 16 students (Almajiris) and a lady who had been held captive in Gada LGA of Sokoto State and that the recovered individuals had been turned over to the state administration.

He said that the military will continue to seek down criminals, including those responsible for the deaths of troops in Delta State, and bring them all to justice.

"Relatedly, it would be recalled that on 21 Mar 24, troops equally rescued 16 pupils (Almajiris) with a woman taken hostage in Gada LGA of Sokoto State. These hostages were handed over to the Sokoto State Government. These efforts demonstrate the armed forces resolve to finding other innocent hostages and track down the terrorists that perpetrated these crimes. 

"These efforts would continue until other hostages are found and the terrorists arrested, tried, and brought to justice by Nigerian law. Troops are employing similar efforts to track down the culprits responsible for the killings of 18 soldiers in the Okuama Community in Delta State. Justice awaits the culprits, as they can not go unpunished,” the statement said.

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