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How we rescued 137 abducted Kaduna schoolchildren in Zamfara — Army


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The Defence headquarters on Sunday gave details of how it rescued in Zamfara State 137 of the 287 primary school pupils of Kuriga, abducted by bandits in Kaduna State.

It said the students were rescued through coordinated search and rescue operation conducted by the military in conjunction with local authorities and government agencies.

The students who were abducted on March 7, were rescued in the wee hour of Sunday.

Major General Edward Buba, the Director, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

He said a total of 137 persons comprising 76 females and 61 male were rescued in Zamfara.

Buba said, “Relatedly, it would be recalled that on March 21, troops equally rescued 16 pupils (Almajiris) with a woman taken hostage in Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

“These hostages were handed over to the Sokoto State Government.

“These efforts demonstrate the armed forces resolve to finding other innocent hostages and track down the terrorists that perpetrated these crimes.

“These efforts would continue until other hostages are found and the terrorists arrested, tried, and brought to justice by Nigerian law.

“Troops are employing similar effort to track down the culprits responsible for the killing of 18 soldiers in Okuama Community in Delta State.

“Justice await the culprits, as they can not go unpunished”.




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