Abducted students regain freedom in Kaduna state
Troops of Operation Thunder Strike have rescued six students of Government Day Secondary School, Gwagwada in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State abducted on their way to school on Thursday morning.
According to a report on DailyPost, the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on Thursday also attacked the Government Technical Secondary School located at Maraban Kajuru community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, abducting the principal of the school.
The gunmen numbering about 20, stormed the school and started shooting sporadically into the air, thereby forcing the students and teachers who were fast asleep to run for their lives.
But, speaking on the incident, the Deputy Director Public Relations of 1Division Nigeria Army Kaduna, Col. Ezindu Idimah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “three motor boys were rescued while four suspected bandits were neutralised by the troops.
He said, “The Troops who were on routine patrol in the general area received information from a reliable source that some bandits terrorizing the Abuja-Kaduna highway have waylaid some students on their way to school and abducted them.
“Troops immediately swung into action and gave the bandits a hot chase.
“On sighting the troops, the bandits engaged them in a firefight but had to surrender to the superior firepower of the troops.
“Following the firefight, one of the bandits was neutralized while the rest scampered into different directions of the forest with gun shot wounds.”
He explained that all the students abducted by the bandits were rescued safely and re-united with their families.
Idimah added that one AK47 rifle with seven rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a pump action gun with ten cartridges were recovered by the troops.
According to him, the troops are currently combing the entire forest in search of the bandits.
He urged the general public to report anybody with gun wound to security agents around them.