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Six more CUSTECH students rescued, total now 20 — Kogi Govt

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A combined team of security operatives and local hunters have rescued six additional students of the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) in Osara, Kogi State, bringing the total number of rescued students to 20.

This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement on Tuesday.

The students were among the 24 abducted by suspected bandits who invaded the institution on Thursday, while they were preparing for their first-semester examination scheduled to begin on May 13.

The Kogi State Government has commended the security operatives and local hunters for their efforts in rescuing the students, and has assured the public that everything is being done to ensure the safe return of the remaining students.

“Government’s data shows that only four students are still missing from Thursday’s abduction of CUSTECH students.

“Meanwhile, frantic efforts are being made to locate and rescue the four.

“Fierce gun battle between security agents and the kidnappers forced the kidnappers to abandon the six rescued students, with some escaping with severe injuries.

“The families of the six recently-rescued students have confirmed their safe return home as the first 14,” he said.

The commissioner said that the state Gov. Usman Ododo had expressed deep appreciation to the joint forces that carried out the rescue operations. He quoted the governor as urging the forces to continue the search until the remaining students would be found.

“This government wishes to assure the public that the security architecture around schools has been recalibrated for efficiency and early warning systems to prevent future occurrences,” Fanwo stated.

He expressed joy that the rescue came hours after Ododo visited the institution and assured parents of his readiness to rescue all the students.

Fanwo said that the 14 students rescued earlier were getting the required attention. According to him, security agents are combing the forests to ensure that all the kidnapped students are found and brought home safely.

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