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Army hands over 8 rescued students to Kogi gov

The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over eight students of Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, who were rescued on Sunday, to…

The Nigerian Army on Monday handed over eight students of Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, who were rescued on Sunday, to Governor Ahmed Ododo, at Army Headquarters in Abuja.

The handing over was conducted by the Deputy Chief of Operations (Army), Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Emekah, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.

Emekah said the troops of the Nigerian Army in synergy with operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies, successfully rescued the abducted students who were taken hostage by terrorists.

He said the rescue operation took place in a dense forest near Oro Ago Village in Kwara following an intense clearance mission.

He added that the operation was still ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book.

Governor Ododo thanked God Almighty for making it possible for the rescue of the students, adding that it was a mixed feeling for him as two of the 31 abducted students were murdered.

Ododo assured the students that the government would continue to support them to ensure that they succeed in their aspirations and educational pursuits.

He said the criminals had now known that Kogi was not a haven for them, assuring that no criminal that entered the state would be spared.

The governor commended the army for its efforts and display of professionalism in carrying out the rescue operation. (NAN)

 

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