FGC Birnin Yawuri abduction: Troops rescue 2 teachers, 5 students

The Nigerian Army on Friday disclosed that troops of Operation Hadarin Daji have rescued two teachers and five students of Federal Government College, Birnin Yawuri, that were abducted by bandits after a fierce exchange of gun fire.

 A statement by the Army spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, on Friday, indicated that the rescue followed an initial encounter with the abductors in the early hours of Friday.

He, however, said soldiers found a female student dead as a result of exhaustion.

The statement read in part, “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 2.30 am 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.”