Four of the six pupils of the Local Government Education Authority Primary School, Alwaza, in the Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, kidnapped two weeks ago, have been rescued through combined efforts of hunters, police and traditional rulers.
Armed men on January 20, 2023, invaded the school premises and whisked away the pupils to an unknown destination.
Two of the pupils were rescued a day after the abduction by the police at a forest in a community in the Obi LGA of the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Yakubu Lawal, said that since the incident occurred, the government had been on its toes to ensure that the pupils were rescued unhurt.
Our correspondent gathered that traditional rulers and hunters in Doma LGA in collaboration with the police rescued the remaining four pupils on Friday.
Confirming the rescue of the pupils in Lafia, the Executive Chairman of Doma Local Government, Ahmed Sarki-Usman, described the act as inhuman considering the fact that the victims were underage.
He added that the pupils were rescued at Bogyo community in Doka village of Doma LGA.
However, in a statement, the state police spokesperson, DSP Ramhan Nansel, said the four pupils were rescued following a joint operation carried out in the area by security operatives in the state.
He said, “In continuation of the search to rescue the remaining four pupils that were earlier abducted on 20/1/2023 at LEA Primary School, Alwaza; on 3/2/2023 at about 7am, detachment of joint security operatives in collaboration with hunters rescued the four pupils at Doka village, Doma LGA.
“The victims, Awazi Emmanuel, Success Ogah, Dominion Alhaji and Success Emmanuel have been taken to the hospital for medical examination and shall be reunited with their parents.”
Nansel expressed gratitude to members of the public for their support so far, urging them to assist the police with relevant information that could help in arresting the perpetrators of the act.
Our correspondent observed that the pupils were brought to the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia in a Hilux vehicle. They were later accompanied by the chairman of Doma LGA, some workers of LGEA Primary School, Alwaza, relatives of the victims and some security operatives.
They took off from Doma LGA at 11am and arrived in Lafia, the state capital, at 11:25am on Friday.