By John Shiklam
The 10 staff of the Federal Airport Authority (FAAN), abducted by bandits on March 6, have been rescued by troops.
They were abducted at the FAAN staff quarters, Ifira, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Addressing a news conference, Wednesday evening, the Kaduna state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said the victims were rescued by troops.
“This briefing has been called to provide an update on emerging developments following the kidnapping of 10 citizens from the Kaduna Airport Staff Quarters, Ifira, Igabi local government area”, the commissioner said.
According to him, “The Kaduna State Government can confirm that troops of the Nigerian Army have today, Wednesday 17th March, 2021, rescued the 10 victims who were kidnapped from the Kaduna Airport Staff Quarters, Ifira, Igabi local government area”.
Aruwan gave names of the rescued victims as follows: Mr. Ilori Sunday, Mrs. Celestina Sunday, Miss Beauty Oshaibie Sunday, Miss Miracle Sunday, Miss Marvelous Sunday, Miss Destiny Sunday, Mr. Samuel Sunday, Miss Deborah Sunday, Hajiya Badiyatu Abdullahi Gambo and Bilkisu Gambo.
“It would be recalled that armed bandits breached the fence of the Kaduna Airport Staff Quarters in the early hours of Saturday 6th March 2021, and kidnapped these 10 persons from two houses located near the fence.
“Precise details of the rescue location cannot be provided at this time due to operational expediency”, Aruwan said.
According to him, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai has received the report of the rescue with elation, and has extended hearty congratulations to the troops for the successful rescue.
“He has also met with the rescued citizens to encourage them, and assure them of the unwavering commitment of the Kaduna State Government.
“He wished them well as they re-unite with their families and loved ones.
“Further updates will be provided on this and other developments as they emerge”.
The commissioner declined to entertain questions from Journalists after the briefing.
The 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna, who were abducted by bandits in the school are still in captivity.