By: Austine Emmanuel, Kaduna
Eight students of Government Secondary School, Awon in Kachia Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State have escaped from kidnapper’s den.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan in a security report on Tuesday said the students escaped from a thick forest around the Kaduna-Niger interstate boundaries.
It could be recalled that the female students were abducted on Monday, 3rd April 2023 in the Awon general Area of Kachia LGA.
According to Aruwan, the students summoned courage to escape and walked for days before arriving at a location where they were harboured before human intelligence sources alerted the State Government for immediate evacuation.
He further stated that Kaduna State Government has received the students safely, adding that they are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility.
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai, who also praised the students for their bravery, urged them to view the horrific experience as turning point and pursue their education vigorously for the sake of their future.
The statement reads, “The eight female students of Government Secondary School, Awon – who were kidnapped by terrorists on Monday 3rd April 2023 in the Awon general area of Kachia LGA – have escaped from the terrorists’ den.
“The students, according to preliminary briefings, escaped from a thick forest around the Kaduna-Niger interstate boundaries, and walked for days before arriving at a location (kept undisclosed for security reasons) where they were harboured. Human intelligence sources subsequently alerted the Kaduna State Government for immediate evacuation.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai on receipt of the intelligence directed the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs to liaise with the 1 Division Nigerian Army for urgent evacuation of the students to Kaduna Metropolis, as it was credibly gathered that the terrorists were combing forests in the area to recapture the students.
“The students have been safely evacuated to a military facility where they are presently receiving medical attention.
“Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai has expressed his delight over the development, and has praised the students for demonstrating sheer courage and resilience in making their escape from captivity.
“The Governor admonished them to view the horrific experience as a turning point, and pursue their education with renewed vigour for a purposeful future.
“The Governor also commended the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Major General OT Akinjobi for the prompt evacuation and the ongoing medicals being conducted on the students.”