Kaduna Kidnap: How Military Rescued 137 Kidnapped Kuriga Schoolchildren In Zamfara

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The Defence Headquarters has given details of how it rescued in Zamfara State 137 of the 287 primary school pupils were kidnapped in Kuriga, Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

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InsideBusiness had reported earlier the declaration of the military of its resolute pursuit to rescue the children. Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru had earlier said the morale of troops is high to rescue the captives and also hunt after the killers of 16 soldiers in Delta State.

Major Gen Edward Buba, Director of Defence Media Operations said the rescued hostages totalling 137 comprise of 76 females and 61 males.

He said, “In the early hours of 24 March 2024, the military worked with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated search and rescue operation rescued the hostages.

“The hostages are the same persons that were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

“It would be recalled that, on 7, 2024, troops received information that terrorists had invaded LEA School Kuriga in Chikun LG of Kaduna State.

“During the incident an unconfirmed number of pupils were abducted.

“Following the incident, the military committed to leaving no stone unturned until all the hostages were rescued.

“The rescued hostages totalling 137 comprise 76 females and 61 males.

“They were rescued in Zamfara State and would be conveyed and handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.

“Relatedly, it would be recalled that on 21 Mar 24, troops equally rescued 16 pupils (Almajiris) with a woman taken hostage in Gada LGA of Sokoto State.

“These hostages were handed over to the Sokoto State Government.

“These efforts demonstrate the armed forces’ resolve to finding other innocent hostages and track down the terrorists that perpetrated these crimes.

“These efforts would continue until other hostages are found and the terrorists arrested, tried, and brought to justice by Nigerian law.

“Troops are employing similar efforts to track down the culprits responsible for the killings of 18 soldiers in Okuama Community in Delta State.

“Justice awaits the culprits, as they can not go unpunished.”

Inside businesshad reported how kidnapper began recently to place ridiculous demands as ransoms to release their captives, with a group recently demanding N40 Trillion.

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