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UPDATED: 137 Abducted Kaduna Schoolchildren Rescued in Zamfara

The rescued hostages include 76 girls and 61 boys.

About 137 Schoolchildren abducted by terrorists in Kaduna State on March 7, have regained their freedom. This was revealed in the early hours of Sunday, March 24, by the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani.

Terrorists had early on Thursday morning March 7, stormed LGEA Primary School, Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and kidnapped scores of pupils and teachers at about 8:20 am immediately after the morning assembly.

However, in a statement obtained exclusively by ARISE News, Sani specially thanked President Bola Tinubu, NSA Nuhu Ribadu and the Nigeria Army for the release of the Kuriga pupils and students.

The statement reads: 

“In the name of Allah the Beneficient, the Most  Merciful, I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released. 

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed. 

“While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership. I spent sleepless nights with Mal. Ribadu finetuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome.

“The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

Governor Sani is expected to receive the students shortly in Kaduna.

The rescued hostages totalling 137 comprise of 76 females and 61 male. They  were rescued in Zamfara State and would be conveyed and handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.

Nissi Gabriel 

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with the number of students freed confirmed to be 137, as against an earlier report which put the number at 287 students.

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