The Police Command in Kaduna State on Thursday confirmed the escape of two of the students abducted by bandits.
The students are members of Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.
The development was disclosed by ASP Mohammed Jalige, the Command’s Public Relations Officer. Jalige made this known in a press statement released to newsmen.
He noted that the information reached the Command about the escape of the students on Wednesday.
1st News recalls that armed bandits had invaded the school in the early hours of June 5 and kidnapped an unspecified number of students.
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Jalige said that on Wednesday at about 3.30am, the Command was informed by a good Samaritan that two students of the school were sighted and believed to have escaped from their captors. He said a report was lodged with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Rijana, who got hold of the students; after which investigation confirmed they were victims of the bandits.
‘‘The students said that on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at about 6pm; they were tasked by their captors to go and fetch firewood from the nearby forest where they were held hostage. They however, decided to take the opportunity of not being monitored and escape to Rijana community along Kaduna – Abuja highway.
‘‘The two boys are currently undergoing medical examination at Police Medical facility before re-uniting them with their family; while tactical approach is being intensified to secure the release of the remaining students,”Jalige said.
Also, in another development, the Command’s spokesperson also disclosed that a mob lynched two unknown armed men on Wednesday. The incident occurred in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis.
Further, he reiterated the call of the Command on the people of the state to avoid taking laws into their hands; but should instead, report suspicious characters to the appropriate authorities.