Eight kidnapped female students have escaped from their abductors unhurt in Kaduna.
The female students of Government Secondary School (GSS), Awon, in Kachia local government area of Kaduna State were kidnapped over a fortnight ago while trekking home from school.
Report said the courageous students walked for days before arriving at a location where intelligence sources alerted the State Government for immediate evacuation.
Report added that the bewildered terrorists resorted to combing the forests in the area to recapture the students, but to no avail.
However, the State governor Nasir El-rufai has expressed delight and praised the students for sheer courage.
This was contained in a statement by the State Commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
The statement said, “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.
“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”.