By; IBRAHIM ADAMU, Kaduna
Kaduna State Commissioner For Internal Security and Home Affairs, Honourable Samuel Aruwan has insisted that timely response and intervention by men of Nigerian Army prevented armed bandits from kidnapping high number of students of Federal College of Forestry .
He described as unpatriotic and misleading comments in some section of the media that soldiers got to scene of the kidnapping late after the assailants had left with their captives , saying men of Nigerian Armed Forces deserved commendations for their heroic and patriotic exploits in checkmating activities of criminals across the nation.
He disclosed that armed bandits were repelled by security forces from Government Science Secondary school , Ikara in a latest attempt of abduction in the state which took place Saturday night until Sunday morning.
Aruwan added that a second kidnapping attempt was made on Staff Quarters of FAAN located around Kaduna Airport but was foiled by security forces who were alerted by residents of the Quarters.
He further revealed that the state Government was making relentless efforts to ensure timely rescue of the remaining students from captivity , declaring resolves of Governor Nasiru elRufai to rid the state of any form of banditry and kidnapping.
According to him a combined team of security operatives were on the trail of the bandits who invaded College of Forestry and abducted scores of students , expressing optimism that efforts of Kaduna Government in collaboration with security agencies in the state would be fruitful in securing the release of all abductees.
” Between late hours of Saturday and early hours of Sunday , suspected bandits stormed Government Science Secondary school Ikara in an apparent attempt to kidnap students but swift response by security forces and volunteers repelled the bandits some of whom escaped with gun shots.
” I can categorically tell you that after a headcount by the school management , all 307 students have been found intact and safe while security forces are on the trail of the bandits.
” Similarly , another attempt was made on facility accommodating Senior staff of Federal Airports Authority located around General Areas of the airport but was foiled by the military , the police and DSS whose men are on hot chase of the bandits .
” Focus of the Kaduna state Government is to locate and rescue our missing students and explore the means of intelligence gathering to forestall further occurrence of another episode of kidnapping in the state.
” We must acknowledge the relentless efforts of our security personnel who have been very active and effective in ensuring that the state is safe and secured from any form of insecurity.
” We will keep the general public informed and updated on our progress and challenges as they unfold. ” Aruwan pledged.