Aare Oodua Commends Nigerian Military for Rescue of Kidnapped Students; Calls for Continued Support

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Aare Oodua Engr. Muritala Salau Audu has commended the Nigerian Military for their efforts in the release of students of Lea Primary School and Government Secondary School Kuriga in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. He calls on Nigerians to continue to renew their confidence in our military.

The military has released the number of rescued students of Lea Primary School and Government Secondary School Kuriga in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State. About 287 students were kidnapped when gunmen on motorcycles rode through their school, taking them away in an incident that sparked outrage and condemnation from several quarters including the UN children’s welfare agency UNICEF.

In a statement issued by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, it was revealed that a total of 137 students were rescued, contrary to reports that 287 children were abducted by bandits on March 6. The rescued hostages comprise 76 females and 61 males, with ages between eight and 15.

The statement said the rescued students will be handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.

“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,” the statement read.

“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.”

The Aare Engr. Muritala Salau Audu commended the swift action of the Nigerian Military in rescuing the kidnapped students with praise and gratitude.

However, The Aare Oodu urges Nigerians to continue to support and trust in the efforts of our armed forces with the safe return of these students, hope is restored and a clear message is sent to those who seek to harm our children – they will not succeed.




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