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Soldiers Rescue 8 University Students | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Jun 5, 2024

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The Nigerian Army handed over eight students from Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, to Governor Ahmed Ododo at the Army Headquarters in Abuja.

The students were rescued on Sunday.

The Deputy Chief of Operations (Army), Major General Emmanuel Emekah, conducted the handover on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja.

Emekah reported that the Nigerian Army, with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, successfully rescued the abducted students from terrorists.

He explained that the rescue mission took place in a dense forest near Oro Ago village in Kwara State after an intensive clearance operation.

He noted that the operation is ongoing to capture the perpetrators and ensure they face justice.

Governor Ododo expressed gratitude to God for the rescue of the students, though he acknowledged it was bittersweet as two of the 31 abducted students were killed.

He mentioned that 29 students were successfully rescued and thanked President Bola Tinubu and the military for their efforts in combating insecurity.

Additionally, Ododo praised National Security Adviser Nuhu Ribadu for enhancing the effectiveness and technological advancement of the country’s security apparatus.

He said: “At this level, I have come to realise that the Nigerian Army has all it takes to stamp out kidnapping, banditry and all forms of criminal activities from our land.

“Because the level of synergy, the level of understanding, collaboration and coordination carried out by them professionally is highly commendable and I sincerely appreciate you and your men.

“I want to promise that Kogi State will always be there to partner with you and we are ever ready to answer your call at any point in time and fighting crimes and criminality in our land.

“We have all it takes in terms of equipment and we will continue to collaborate and synergise with your agencies to make sure our land is free of all these criminalities.”

Ododo assured the students that the government would continue to support their aspirations and educational pursuits.

According to him: “Kogi is a state that is well known to be well blessed with mineral deposits and that deposit must work for the state.”
He said the criminals had now known that Kogi State was not a safe haven for them, assuring that no criminal that entered the state would be spared.

The governor praised the army for its efforts and professionalism in executing the rescue operation.

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