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Protest rocks Kaduna over abduction of 140 mission school students

…Parents call for “State of Emergency.”

…Says, “El-Rufai has failed.”

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

It was sorrowful, as parents of the abducted 140 Bethel Baptism secondary School students on Monday staged a peace protest, crying for God’s intervention, with tears rolling freely down their cheeks.

The parents, during the hours of protest, which held along Kachia-Kaduna highway, also called for state of emergency to be declared in Kaduna State, saying, Governor Nasir El-Rufal has failed the state woefully.

Police statement, however, conformed that twenty-six female students, including a female teacher, abducted at Bethel Baptist Secondary School Kujuma, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State, have been rescued.

The statement, issued and signed by the police command spokesman, Muhammed Jalige, on Monday afternoon stated that the rescue operation is still ongoing to ensure that all victims are safely returned. 

ASP Jalige stated that Officers involved in the said operation are charged to ensure no stone is left unturned with a view to successfully accomplish the rescue mission since resources will be made availed to them without delay.

“In the early hours of today, Monday, 5th July, 2021, at about 0143hrs the Command received a report that armed bandits in large numbers had gained access into Bethel Baptist Secondary School Kujuma, in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

“They shot berserkly, overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel where they abducted an unspecified number of students into the forest.

“On the receipt of the unfortunate incident, a joint team of the Nigeria Police, Army and Navy Operatives were immediately mobilised to the area with a mission to rescue the abducted students unhurt.

“The Operatives gave the bandits a hot pursuit occasioned by a tactical application of weapons and succeeded in safely rescuing twenty-six (26) students, including a female teacher.

“However, the rescue Ooperation is still ongoing to ensure that all victims are safely returned. Officers involved in the said operation are charged to ensure no stone is left unturned with a view to successfully accomplish the rescue mission since resources will be available to them without delay.

“The Command is, therefore, encouraging parents not to be deterred by the recent bandits’ activities in the state targeting schools and learning institutions, as strategic measures will be in place to forestall further occurrence of such dastardly acts of criminality against innocent children. 

“The Command is saddened by the incident and calls on all stakeholders and security to unite, particularly at this very critical time, to safeguard schools, in order to guarantee a safe and secured learning environment and other meaningful businesses,” the statement stressed.

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