CUSTECH Kidnapping: 6 more students freed, 4 still missing — Kogi government

The Kogi State Government said on Tuesday that six more students of the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) Osara had been rescued, bringing the total number of kidnapped students rescued to twenty, with four still missing.

Kingsley Femi Fanwo, Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications, confirmed this in a press statement.

According to him, the intense gunfight between security personnel and the kidnappers caused the kidnappers to surrender to superior firepower and abandon the kidnapped students, while some of the kidnappers escaped with serious injuries.

“Nine students had been rescued first, while five others were found the following morning. The families of the six students just rescued have confirmed that the students have arrived home.

“The Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alh Ahmed Usman Ododo, has expressed deep appreciation to the Joint Forces that carried out the operations, urging them to continue the search until the last student is found.

“We wish to assure the public that the security architecture around our schools has been recalibrated for efficiency and early warning alarms to prevent future occurrences.”