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287 Abducted Kuriga Schoolchildren Released



287 Abducted Kuriga Schoolchildren Released

The Kaduna State Government (KDSG) has announced the release of the 287 Kuriga School children abducted by bandits on March 7.

Gov. Uba Sani announced the release in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Tinubu, for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed.

“While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership.

“I spent sleepless nights with Malam Ribadu fine-tuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome,” Sani said.

He also commended the Nigerian Army for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

The governor also thanked all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children, saying “This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

The bandits had at around 8.20 am on March 7 stormed LGEA Teachers Primary School, Kuriga. Chikun LGA and abducted 287 pupils and teachers.

The incident threw the nation into total confusion as many wondered how the bandits could move with such large number of people undetected.

An angry Tinubu quickly ordered the security agencies to put in everything possible to bring back the children.

Early in the week, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, rushed to Kaduna, met with relevant stakeholders and vowed to secure the release of the school children.

That promise came to fruition when the children were released Sunday morning.

The news of the release of the school children is expected to bring some relief to Nigerians in a country where kidnappers regularly abduct both high-profile and common citizens.

The North appears worst hit by the menace which has affected all spheres of her life, especially education, food production, transport and social life.