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Kaduna Government Confirms 8 Students Among Those Abducted By Bandits

The government confirmed that 8 secondary school students were kidnapped on their way home from school, along with other members of the community.

The Kaduna State Government has announced that the abducted students from the Kachia Local Government Area were not kidnapped within school premises, but on their way home.

The Kaduna State government released a statement on Tuesday morning, reporting that about 10 students had been abducted on Monday, but the government had not gathered further information.

However, another statement for the government by Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs on Tuesday afternoon said, “In an update to the earlier report suggesting the kidnapping of about ten students in Kachia LGA, the Kaduna State Government has received detailed reports from security agencies on the incident. 

“The Government can confirm that eight students of the Government Secondary School, Awon in Kachia LGA were kidnapped on Monday in the general area, along with other citizens. Furthermore, it was verified that the students were not kidnapped within the school premises, but on their way home from school when they came in contact with the bandits, who had abducted other residents.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the abduction as unfortunate, and has received assurances of efforts being exploited to rescue the eight students and other kidnapped citizens.”

It was also announced in the statement that the government had relaxed the 24-hour curfew that was imposed on the Sabon Garin Nasarawa-Tirkaniya community in Chikun LGA. 

Aruwan stated, “With effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 5th April 2023, the curfew will be in place from 7:00PM to 7:00AM, while residents of the area can go about their activities between 7:00AM and 7:00PM.”

The government then urged the residents to be security conscious, comply with the curfew, and maintain orderly conduct as there continued to be security checks in the affected areas 

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi

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