Troops ‘rescue’ 10 abducted airport staff after 11 days

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The Kaduna State Government, last night, said troops of the Nigerian army had rescued 10 persons abducted from the staff quarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Their rescue came after spending 11 days in their kidnappers’ den.

They were abducted on March 6 when bandits invaded the FAAN staff quarters in the Ifira community, near the Kaduna airport.

The Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the release last night.

He said: “This briefing has been called to provide an update on emerging developments following the kidnapping of 10 citizens from the Kaduna Airport staff quarters, Ifira, Igabi local government area.

“The Kaduna state government can confirm that troops of the Nigerian army have today, Wednesday 17th March 2021, rescued the 10 victims who were kidnapped from the Kaduna Airport staff quarters, Ifira, Igabi local government area.”

Aruwan gave names of the rescued victims as follows: Ilori Sunday, Celestina Sunday, Beauty Oshaibie Sunday, Miracle Sunday, Marvelous Sunday, Destiny Sunday, Samuel Sunday, Deborah Sunday, Badiyatu Abdullahi Gambo and Bilkisu Gambo.

He, however, was silent on how the rescue was executed, adding that “precise details of the rescue location cannot be provided at this time due to operational expediency”.

The Commissioner said Governor Nasir El-Rufai has met with the rescued citizens “to encourage them, and assure them of the unwavering commitment of the Kaduna state government”.

Meanwhile, the 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, who were abducted by bandits are still in captivity days after a viral video that showed the ugly treatment they were being subjected to by the abductors surfaced online.

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