The eight female students of Government Secondary School, Awon who were kidnapped by terrorists on 3rd April 2023 in the Awon general area of Kachia LGA have escaped from the terrorists’ den.
A statement signed by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan revealed that the students, according to preliminary briefing escaped from a thick forest around the Kaduna – Niger interstate boundaries, and walked for days before arriving at a location (kept undisclosed for security reasons) where they were harboured.
According to the statement, the state government on receipt of the intelligence directed the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs to liaise with the 1 Division Nigerian Army for urgent evacuation of the students to Kaduna Metropolis, as it was credibly gathered that the terrorists were combing forests in the area to recapture the students.
The students have been safely evacuated to a military facility where they are presently receiving medical attention.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state governor Nasir El-rufai has expressed delight over the development, and praised the students for demonstrating sheer courage and resilience in making their escape from captivity.
The Governor also advised them to view the horrific experience as a turning point, and pursue their education with renewed vigour for a purposeful future.