20 Kogi students confirmed rescued as search continues to rescue remaining 4 – Fanwo

20 Kidnapped students of the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) in Osara, Kogi, already rescued by a combined team of security operatives and local hunters.

Information commissioner Kingsley Fanwo announced this in a statement on Tuesday.

The bandits had invaded the institution on Thursday and abducted 24 students. The students were abducted while reading for their first semester examination slated to begin on Monday.

“Government’s data shows that only four students are still missing from Thursday’s abduction of CUSTECH students. Meanwhile, frantic efforts are being made to locate and rescue the four.

“Fierce gun battle between security agents and the kidnappers forced the kidnappers to abandon the six rescued students, with some escaping with severe injuries. The families of the six recently rescued students have confirmed their safe return home as the first 14,” he said.

The commissioner said Governor Usman Ododo had commended the joint forces conducting the rescue operations.

He quoted the governor as urging the forces to continue the search until the remaining students would be found.

“This government wishes to assure the public that the security architecture around schools has been recalibrated for efficiency and early warning systems to prevent future occurrences,” Mr Fanwo said.

Mr Fanwo said the 14 students rescued earlier were getting the required attention.

According to him, security agents are combing the forests to ensure that all the kidnapped students are found and brought home safely. 

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