Six students of Engraver’s College, a private secondary school in Kaduna state who were kidnapped along with their teacher on October 3, have regained their freedom.
Concise News reports that the victims were kidnapped in Kakau Daji Village in Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.
The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed their release in a statement in Kaduna on Saturday.
“We are relieved that this criminal violation of the right to liberty is over and that they are all back safely,” he said.
“The victims, most of whom are minors, and their families will now be focusing on recovering from this undeserved trauma.”
But Aruwan did not state how they were released.
“As we continue to combat banditry, kidnapping and other crimes, the Kaduna State Government urges all our communities not to give comfort to criminals by dividing victims and inserting ethno-religious narratives for the activities of ruthless miscreants,” he added.
“Government calls for vigilance in all our communities and continued cooperation with security agencies in this battle to secure our state and all who live in it.”
Kaduna Govt. restates commitment towards human capital development
In related news, Kaduna State Government on Friday restated its commitment towards human capital development to ensure self-reliance and productivity.
Deputy Governor of the state, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, made the statement in Kaduna while receiving seven National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Presidential Awards winners from the state.
The presidential award recipients are indigenes of the state whose community service projects positively affected their host communities.
Balarabe commended the former NYSC members for their meritorious service to the nation.
She urged them to remain good ambassadors of the state and to exhibit virtues that would make them good examples to other youths.
“In Kaduna state we give the youths the opportunity to participate in our development programmes, so far, they are not disappointing us,” she said.
The deputy governor said that the state government’s intention to boost human capacity was to make life more meaningful for the people.
“We are putting the people first, we will continue to do our best and we will not relent until we get the needed results.
“Our government has established specific goals, we are pursing them with all seriousness so that we can leave enduring legacies,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the awardees, George Samuel, commended the state government for its youth development programmes.
“We are here to let the government know that we represented the state well, and that we are ready to mentor those coming after us.
“These awards should encourage youths to shore-up their level of commitments while serving the nation,” he said.