From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
There seems to be no end to the controversies surrounding the release of kidnapped students and staff of the Engravers College who regained their freedom on Saturday26 October, 2019.
A staff of the school who broke news of their freedom in an interview said they were released in the early hours of Saturday, following an additional payment of N10 million ransom.
According to him, the N10 million was paid on Friday night.
It was learnt that the money was raised by public spirited individuals.
“We just collected the children. They are all unhurt. The N10 million was paid yesterday on Friday night and the bandits released them.
“The bandits moved them that night to a location along the Kaduna – Abuja Road. They dropped them around Dutse village on the Kaduna- Abuja road at about 3 am in the morning and they called us to go there and pick them.
But in a sharp reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Yakubu Sabo Abubakar in a statement made available to the media stated that teams of Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder Kaduna acted on intelligence and intercepted the kidnapped students and staff of Engravers College Kakau Daji Kaduna at Dutse in Chukun Local Government Area Consequently, all the eight kidnapped persons were rescued unhurt and have been reunited with their respective families by the Command.
The statement added that the Command wishes to assure the general public that, efforts are on to apprehend the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to book.
Similarly the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Mr.Samuel Aruwan posted on his Facebook page declared; “We are relieved that this criminal violation of the right to liberty is over and that they are all back safely.
“The victims, most of whom are minors, and their families will now be focusing on recovering from this undeserved trauma. We appeal for considerate reporting of their ordeal and respect for their privacy.
“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.
“The state government calls for vigilance in all our communities and continued cooperation with the security agencies in this battle to secure our state and all who live in it,” he said