Troops Foil Fresh Kidnap of 307 Students, Repel Attack Near Kaduna Airport



Troops have foiled a fresh attempt kidnapping students in Kaduna State. Another move by bandits to “attack a senior staff quarters around the general area” was also repelled this weekend.

In of the foiled kidnap attempts, a total of 307 students were rescued, according to Kaduna State Commissioner Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

Briefing Journalists on Sunday, Aruwan said, “Between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of today, suspected bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara local government area, in an attempt to kidnap students.

“Fortunately, the students utilized the security warning system in place, and were thus able to alert security forces in the area. The security forces comprising the troops of the Nigerian Army, and some security volunteers moved swiftly to the school and engaged the bandits, forcing them to flee.

“The military and are still on the trail of the armed bandits.”

Aruwan said, “Following a head count by the school management, the Kaduna State Government can confirm to you that all 307 students have been verified safe and . The attempted kidnap was foiled completely and no student was taken from the school.”

He shared with journalists, “images provided by the Nigerian Army.”

“Similarly, around Ifira village in Igabi local government area, bandits attempted to attack a senior staff quarters around the general area. This attempt was also foiled as troops of the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army engaged and repelled them, with several escaping with gunshot wounds,” the Commissioner said.

He said “The Kaduna State Government acknowledges the efforts of the security agencies in the recent rescue of 180 students in the vicinity of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka. These efforts have being mentioned in interviews given by some of the rescued students.

“By virtue of to the facts of the event, the Kaduna State Government extends its unequivocal solidarity to the Military, , Department of State Services and other security agencies, whose swift intervention prevented the bandits from abducting more persons.

“The Kaduna State Government maintains a focus this time, and that is to ensure the safe return of the missing students, and to consolidate and security vigilance towards forestalling possible attempts on other facilities or institutions.

“As a Government, our focus is on getting back our missing students and further episodes of school abductions. We will continue to provide updates as further information becomes available,”Aruwan said