Gov Uba Sani of Kaduna State

Breaking: Elated Kaduna Gov announces release of kidnapped Kuriga schoolchildren


The abducted schoolchildren in their school in Kuriga in Kaduna State have been released.


The joyful news was announced by the state Governor, Uba Sani, on his verified Facebook page in the early hours of Sunday.

The over 200 school children were abducted on Thursday, March 8, by by bandits from a school in Kuriga, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and marched them into the forest.

However, the governor did not provide the details of their release, but he commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and the Nigerian Army.

He wrote, “In the name of Allah the Beneficient, the Most Merciful, I wish to announce that our Kuriga school children have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed.

“While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership. I spent sleepless nights with Mal. Ribadu finetuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome.

“The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

The Federal Government, which vowed that no ransom payment for kidnapped persons, had assured recently that the school children would regain their freedom.

The Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, had stated this in Kaduna on Thursday while addressing troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army.

According to him, “We have the power, will , strength and determination and our morale is high to end insecurity, I know what you have been doing to rescue the school children unhurt keep the morale high, the President is behind you hundred percent.

“I have been briefed about your efforts to rescue the kidnapped school children. The strategies that I have been briefed about is going on very well and I am sure you will get them.

“We will free those children and bring them back to their parents.”

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