Five Students and two teachers have been rescued by troops of the Nigerian Army, who have been pursuing the abductors of students and teachers of the Federal Government College (FGC), Birnin Yawuri, Kebbi State.
A statement by Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations on Friday, however, said a female student died during the rescue operation.
According to Nwachukwu, the Nigerian Army troops, operating under the auspices of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’, had been on the trail of the kidnappers and bandits since the incident.
He said: “The rescue followed an initial encounter with the abductors in the early hours of today 18 June 2021 after trailing the kidnappers from Yawuri through Riyao to Sombo community, where the kidnappers who had split into two groups fled, with one group conveying the abducted children, while the second group conveyed rustled cattle.
“The land troops in conjunction with elements of the Nigerian Air Force, who provided close air support during the rescue mission intercepted the two groups at about 2.30am and engaged them in a fire fight leading to the successful rescue of the teachers and students. The troops also recovered 800 cattle rustled by the bandits.
“The gallant troops are still on the heels of the kidnappers in order to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.
“Sadly, a casualty was recorded during the exchange. A female student was found to have given up the ghost as a result of exhaustion.
“The rescued teachers and students will be handed over to the Kebbi State Government.”