How 137 abducted Kaduna students were rescued in Zamfara – DHQ

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says a total of 137 students of Lea Primary School and Government Secondary School Kuriga in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state have been rescued by the military in collaboration with local authorities..

Blueprint report that that 287 were kidnapped when the gunmen on motorcycles rode through their school, taking them away in an incident that sparked outrage and condemnation.

In a statement issued by the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, said the rescued hostages comprise 76 females and 61 males, with ages between eight and 15.

According to the statement, the children were rescued in Zamfara State in the early hours of Sunday, through the joint efforts of the military and local authorities.

The statement said the rescued students will be handed over to the Kaduna State Government for further action.

“It would be recalled that on 7 March 2024, troops received information that terrorists had invaded LEA School Kuriga in Chikun LG of Kaduna State. During the incident unconfirmed number of pupils were abducted. Following the incident, the military committed to leaving no stone unturned until all the hostages were rescued,” the statement read.

“Accordingly, in the early hours of 24 March 2024, the military working with local authorities and government agencies across the country, in a coordinated search and rescue operation rescued the hostages. The hostages are the same persons who were abducted from the school at Kuriga in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

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

The Kaduna State governor, Uba Sani, confirmed the release of the schoolchildren in an early morning statement on Sunday.