Kidnapped Turkish school students, staff, freed


The kidnapped staff and students of the Nigerian Turkish International School, Ogun State, who were abducted 11 days ago, have regained freedom.

This was revealed in a statement by Cemal Yigit, Spokesman of the school, saying they have been reunited with their parents and family members.

“We wish to inform the general public that the kidnapped students and staff of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) Ogun state, have regained freedom,” he said in a statement.

“The victims were released this evening after a painstaking collaborative effort by the relevant security agencies in the country.

“The management of NTIC wishes to express our gratitude to the relevant security agencies for their efforts in securing the release of the three students, one Turkish teacher, a cook and three supervisors.

“We also wish to extend our appreciation to the government and good people of Ogun state for their support throughout the difficult period. The role of the Ogun state government is highly appreciated.

“Our special appreciation also goes to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the Chief of Army Staff, and others too numerous to mention for their efforts.

“The students and teachers are doing fine and have reunited with their parents. We also wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the parents and guardians of NTIC Ogun, for their support all through the period.”

Newsmen recalls that a group of people, armed with dangerous weapons gained entrance to the girls’ section of the school on January 13, and held hostage three female supervisors, a female cook, a female teacher (Turkish) and three students.