Six More CUSTECH Students Rescued in Kogi

Ibrahim Oyewale in Lokoja

Following the combined efforts of Security agencies, local hunters and vigilance group, six more students of Confluence University of Science and Technology, CUSTECH, Osara who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen have been rescued.

This was contained in a statement issued on the update of the situation in CUSTECH signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications , Kingsley Fanwo, a copy of which was made available to journalists on Tuesday .

Unknown gunmen had attacked the institution Thursday night and abducted many students. As at Monday, at least 14 victims had been rescued and reunited with their parents .

The statement read, “the Kogi State Government wishes to announce the rescue of six more students, bringing the number of kidnapped students rescued to twenty (20). Our data shows that there are four students yet to be found.

“The fierce gun battle between security agents and the kidnappers forced the kidnappers to succumb to superior firepower and abandon the kidnapped students. Some of the kidnappers escaped with severe injuries.

“Nine students had been rescued first while five others were found the following morning. The families of the six students just rescued have confirmed that the students have arrived home.

“The Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency , Usman Ododo has expressed deep appreciation to the Joint Forces that carried out the operations, urging them to continue the search until the last student is found.

“We wish to assure the public that the security architecture around our schools has been recalibrated for efficiency and early warning alarm to prevent future occurrence,” the Commissioner stated.

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