Kogi State Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo Welcomes Rescued CUSTECH Students, Commends Security Agencies

Kogi State Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo has welcomed eight students from the Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH) Osara, who were rescued by security operatives from a dense forest in Kwara State over the weekend.

The students were received by Governor Ododo at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja, following psychological evaluations that confirmed they were fit to be reunited with their families.

During a brief ceremony in the conference room of the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Governor Ododo expressed his gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his leadership in combating terrorism and violent crimes in Nigeria.

The Governor also commended the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, along with the leadership of the Nigerian Army, Police, Department of State Services, Civil Defense, local vigilante services, and local hunters for their roles in the successful operation that ensured the safe return of the eight CUSTECH students.

Governor Ododo emphasized the importance of collaboration between state governments and security agencies to address insecurity in Nigeria. He praised Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State for his unwavering support and synergy in the joint efforts to eradicate criminals from the border communities between Kogi and Kwara states, which have become recent hideouts for criminals.

Expressing sympathy for the families of two students who tragically died at the hands of the abductors, Governor Ododo vowed to make Kogi State unsafe for criminals.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taureed Lagbaja, represented by the Deputy Chief of Army Operations, Major General Emmanuel Emeka, emphasized that the military’s intervention in the rescue operation demonstrates the Nigerian government’s commitment to protecting its citizens. He praised the collaboration between the army and other security agencies that led to the successful rescue of the students and assured that operations would continue until the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The eight CUSTECH students were later handed over to the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulrahaman Asipita Salawu, to be reunited with their families.

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