The Police in Kaduna State and other security agents have rescued 26 of the kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist School and a female teacher on Monday, as parents besieged the school premises where they organised a prayer session for God’s intervention.
An unspecified number of students of the school were, in the early hours of Monday, abducted when bandits raided the school.
Kaduna Police Comand spokesman, Muhammed Jalige, said in a statement that “in the early hours of today (Monday, July 5) the Command received a report that armed bandits gained access into Bethel Baptist Secondary School, Kujuma in Chikun council of Kaduna State.
“Shooting, they overpowered the school’s security guards and made their way into the students’ hostel, where they abducted an unspecified number and took them to the forest.
“A joint team of the Nigeria Police, Army and Navy were immediately mobilised to the area to rescue the abducted students unhurt.
“With tactical application of weapons, the operatives succeeded in rescuing 26 students, including a female teacher safely.
“However, the rescue Operation is still ongoing to ensure that all victims are safely returned.
“Officers involved in the said operation are charged to ensure no stone is left unturned with a view to successfully accomplish the rescue mission since resources will be availed them without delay.
“The Command is, therefore, encouraging parents not to be deterred by the recent bandits’ activities in the state, targeting schools and learning institutions.
“Strategic measures will be in place to forestall further occurrence of such dastardly act of criminality against innocent children.”
He said the Command was saddened by the incident and called on all stakeholders on security to unite, particularly at this very critical time, to safeguard schools and guarantee a safe and secured learning environment and other meaningful businesses.