April 16, 2024

The 137 Kaduna schoolchildren rescued from terrorists will today (Thursday), be reunited with their families.

The state government announced on Sunday that the students were rescued in Zamfara State. They were returned and received in Kaduna on Monday by Governor Uba Sani.

The General Officer Commanding 1 Div, Maj. Gen. Mayirenso Saraso, who presented the schoolchildren to the governor, said six of them were hospitalised at the Army medical facility, Dalet Barracks, Kawo, Kaduna.

He added that a teacher abducted with the schoolchildren died in captivity.

On Wednesday, the Secretary to the State Government of Kaduna State, Dr. Abdulkadir Meyere, announced that the students would be formally reunited with their parents today.

Meyere spoke when he played host to the abducted children at the Government House.

The Women and Children Shelter, where they were undergoing psychosocial therapy.

He had added that they would be handed over to the state government as soon as they were certified to be medically fit.

Addressing the schoolchildren and their parents, the SSG said, “We should all thank God. It would be recalled that on the very day that this incident happened, the governor came down to Kuriga to see you people of the Kuriga community to sympathise with you and to assure you as the Governor of Kaduna State of his concern, telling you people that, these children are his children.

“He also promised that he would do his best by working with the Federal Government and the security agencies to rescue the children. By the mercy of God, what the Governor promised has happened.

“The governor himself would have loved to be here today, but he has gone to Abuja on an equally important assignment. But, he has said that he would not allow them to go back to Kuriga until he comes back tomorrow to personally bid them farewell.

“By the grace of God, your children will be handed over to you tomorrow.”

Also, speaking, one of the parents of the Kuriga schoolchildren, Idris Abdullahi,  praised the government for its efforts in rescuing the 137 students.

“May God help this government. May God reward the government handsomely,” he said.

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