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El-Rufai Reacts To Abduction Of 140 Baptist School Students

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condemned Monday’s kidnapping of some students from Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Chikun Local Government Area.

In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the governor described the development as unfortunate and an untold evil to humanity and the cause of education.

The statement disclosed that it would be recalled that distress calls were received in the early hours of Monday detailing an incursion of bandits into the school.

“The bandits shot sporadically as they advanced to the hostels and abducted an unspecified number of students. 

“A team of military and police personnel were mobilised to the school and pursued the bandits in a bid to avert their evil intention. 

“According to reports received from security agencies, 28 students were accounted for while an unspecified number were abducted by the bandits. 

“Security agencies have assured the Kaduna State Government of vigorous search and rescue efforts to locate and secure the unspecified number of abducted students. 

“The governor is following the development and receiving hourly situation reports,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev John Hayab, on Monday announced that 26 of the abducted students from Bethel Secondary School, Kaduna, have returned.

The CAN Chairman on Monday expressed hope that more of the abducted students will escape from the bandits.

Meanwhile, the spokesman of the state police command, ASP Mohammed Jalije, has noted that 17 of the abducted students have been rescued.

Jalije said that the exact number of students kidnapped by the bandits during the early hours of Monday was yet to be ascertained.




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