The Nigerian army stated that it rescued 800 cows during the rescue operation of students and teachers from the Federal Government College kidnapped in Birnin Yawuri, Kebbi state. The students were kidnapped on June 17, but the military claimed that two teachers and five students were rescued on Friday after a fierce shootout with criminals. Army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement on Friday that troops operating under Operation Hadarin Daji support have been pursuing kidnappers and bandits involved in rescue missions.

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He said the ransom took place in the early hours of yesterday morning (i.e. June 18, 2021) after the kidnappers were traced from Yawuri to the Songbo community via the Nikko community. The kidnappers fled in two groups, one group with the kidnapped children was carried away, while the second group carried whispers of cows. Nwachukwu added that the ground forces, along with the Nigerian Air Force, which provided close air support during the rescue mission, intercepted the two groups at 2:30 a.m. and exchanged fire with them.

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He said, “The troops also recovered 800 cattle rustled by the bandits. However, the gallant troops are still on the kidnappers’ heels to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.

“Sadly, a casualty was recorded during the exchange. A female student was found to have given up the ghost as a result of exhaustion.

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“The rescued teachers and students will be handed over to the Kebbi State Government. The Nigerian Army appreciates the cooperation so far from good-spirited citizens and wishes to solicit more.

The Chief of the Army Staff, Maj Gen Farouk Yahaya, has directed the Commander to spare no effort until all the abducted persons are safely rescued and reunited with their loved ones.”