Efforts to rescue students s of the Federal Government College, Birni Yauri, Kebbi State, seized by bandits has paid off as security forces rescue a teacher and eight students.
The cheery news came from Rabiu Kamba, an aide of the governor who said those rescued were at present in the custody of the military, adding that arrangement was in top gear to hand over the victims to the government for an onward reunion with their families.
“A teacher and eight students were rescued by the military.
“They are at present in the custody of the military in Dirin Daji. The government will soon receive them for a reunion with their respective families.”
Reports said troops had engaged bandits in a gun battle in an effort to rescue the students even as one of the students died during the fire exchange.
The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Task Force in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir, confirmed the story to reporters in Zamfara State on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Police in Kebbi State have said the rescue operation was still ongoing for the missing students.
Police command spokesperson, DSP Nafiu Abubakar also confirmed that the vehicle used in evacuating the yet to be ascertained number of missing students belong to a Kebbi State Judge.
“The white Hilux van with registration number KBSJ 29, belonging to a High Court Judge, with the inscription of Kebbi State Judiciary, hijacked by the bandits along Birnin Yauri road, was the one used in perpetrating such a dastardly act and not the police vehicle as stated by some media stations,” said the police.