Security Operatives Rescue Some Abducted CUSTHEC Students in Kogi

Ibrahim Oyewale in Lokoja

Kogi State Government has announced that the combined security agencies and local hunters  in the state have secured the release of some of the abducted students of Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, who were taken into captivity by  gunmen last Thursday.

This announcement was  made by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo,  copy of which was made available to the journalists in Lokoja  yesterday.

The statement read: “This is to inform the general public that some of the students abducted by gunmen at the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara have been rescued safely by local hunters and other security agents, hours after the Executive Governor of the State, His Excellency Alh Ahmed Usman Ododo visited the institution to assure parents of his commitment to rescuing the students.

“Local vigilance men and security agents engaged the kidnappers in a fierce shootout and the kidnappers succumbed to superior firepower and escaped with gun wounds, leaving the kidnapped students who also ran in different directions to avoid being caught up in the fire exchange.

“Many of the students kidnapped and even other people in captivity have been rescued and taken to medical facilities for proper attention, while many others were also rescued in the early hours of today(yesterday).

“ Security agents are currently combing the forests to ensure all the kidnapped students are found and brought home safely.

“ In the sporadic gun battle to rescue our dear students, a local hunter and a DSS operative sustained injuries and they are currently receiving medical attention.

“We commend our local hunters and all the conventional security agents for their bravery and gallantry. Of special commendation is the DSS for acting on credible intelligence to coordinate a fearless confrontation with the outlaws.

“The security agencies have once again demonstrated why Kogi State will remain an uncomfortable place for bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements.

“The success recorded so far is a clear testament to the readiness of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo to ensure adequate and uncompromising security for the people of Kogi State,” Fanwo posited.

The Commissioner therefore, urged residents to report anyone with gun wounds found in their communities to law enforcement agents.

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