26 kidnapped Kaduna students rescued

Parents besieged school turn it     into prayer ground

Helpless parents of Bethel Baptist Secondary School, Kujuma in Chikun council of Kaduna State whose children and wards were abducted by gunmen have resort to prayer sessions as besieged the school calling for God’s intervention.

The Police in Kaduna State and other security agencies rescued 26 of the kidnapped students and a female teacher on Monday evening.

An unspecified number of students of the College were, in the early hours of Monday, abducted when bandits raided the school.

While confirming that the Police had rescued a number of the victims, Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammed Jalige, said in a statement on Monday, July 5) that the Command received a report that armed bandits gained access into Bethel Baptist Secondary School, Kujuma in Chikun council of Kaduna State.

“They shut and ” overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel, where they abducted an unspecified number and took them to the forest.

“A joint team of the Nigeria Police, Army and Navy were immediately mobilized to the area to rescue the abducted students unhurt.With tactical application of weapons, the operatives succeeded in rescuing 26 students, including a female However, the rescue Operation is still ongoing to ensure that all victims are safely returned.

“Officers involved in the said operation are charged to ensure no stone is left unturned with a view to successfully accomplish the rescue mission since resources will be availed them without delay.

“The Command is, therefore, encouraging parents not to be deterred by the recent bandits’ activities in the state, targeting schools and learning institutions.

“Strategic measures will be in place to forestall further occurrence of such dastardly act of criminality against innocent children.”

He said the Command was saddened by the incident and called on all stakeholders on security to unite, particularly at this very critical time, to safeguard schools and guarantee a safe and secured learning environment and other meaningful businesses.