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14 abducted students in Kogi state rescued

Fourteen students of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in Kogi State, abducted by bandits who invaded the institution on Thursday night while they were reading for their first semester examination slated to commence May 13, 2024 have been rescued

Penpushing reports that the Commissioner of Police in the North-central State Bethrand Onuoha, made this known on Sunday in Lokoja, explaining that a combined team of security operatives, including local hunters, who pursued the abductors, successfully rescued the kidnapped students.

The commissioner, however, commended the local hunters and the conventional security agents for their bravery and gallantry, pointing out that the success recorded so far was made possible by the support of Ododo who is bent on securing every Kogi resident, as he urged residents to report anyone with gun wounds to law enforcement agents.

“A combined team of security operatives, including local hunters, who ran after the bandits, successfully rescued 14 of the kidnapped students. One of the rescued students told us that 24 students were captured. The security operatives will not relent. We are determined to get the remaining students back alive and unhurt,” Onuoha said.

Penpushing further reports that the Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo  who equally confirmed the rescue, explained that  the 14 students were getting the required attention, and expressed joy that the rescue came hours after Governor Usman Ododo visited the institution and assured parents of his readiness to rescue everyone taken.

‘Our local vigilante men and security agents engaged the kidnappers in a fierce shootout and the kidnappers fled. Some escaped with gun wounds. They fled and left the kidnapped students who also ran in different directions to avoid being caught up in the fire exchange’, he stated.

‘Many of the students kidnapped, and even other people in captivity, have been rescued and taken to medical facilities for proper attention. Some were rescued in the early hours of today’, the commissioner added.

‘The security agents are currently combing the forests to ensure that all the kidnapped students are found and brought home safely. It is unfortunate, however, that in the sporadic gun battle to rescue the students, a local hunter and a security operative sustained injury. They are currently receiving medical attention’, Fanwo said.

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