Students, Teachers Abducted at Kebbi College have been rescued

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Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State

Following a heavy exchange of fire with the criminals, Nigerian Army troops operating under the aegis of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji' rescued two instructors and five students after a heated pursuit of kidnappers and bandits in Federal Government College, Birnin Yawuri Friday.

Following an initial encounter with the abductors in the early hours of today, June 18, 2021, after trailing the kidnappers from Yawuri through Riyao to Sombo community, where the abductors had split into two groups, one transporting the abducted children and the other transporting rustled cattle, the abductors were apprehended.

According to the new army spokesman, Brog. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu,

“The Land troops in conjunction with elements of the Nigerian Air Force, who provided close air support during the rescue mission intercepted the two groups at about 2.30 a.m and engaged them in a firefight leading to the successful rescue of the teachers and students.
  
“The troops also recovered 800 cattle rustled by the bandits. The gallant troops are still on the heels of the kidnappers in order to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.
  
“Sadly, a casualty was recorded during the exchange. A female student was found to have given up the ghost as a result of exhaustion. The rescued teachers and students will be handed over to the Kebbi State government.

“The Nigerian Army appreciates the cooperation so far from good-spirited citizens and wish to solicit for more. The Chief of Army Staff Maj. Gen. Faruk Yahaya has directed the commander to spare no effort until all the abducted persons are safely rescued and reunited with their loved ones”.

Bandits seized about 70 students and four teachers from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, in Birnin Kebbi.

According to an eyewitness, the criminals broke into the school around 10 a.m. yesterday.

He went on to say that the robbers, who numbered over 100, were shooting irregularly, injuring two students and killing a police officer.