One of the students kidnapped on Thursday from the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State, has been killed during an exchange of gunfire between soldiers and bandits.
The incident was confirmed on Friday by the Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Task Force in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir.
Abdulkadir noted that four students and a teacher were rescued during the operation.
“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.
“At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”
The Kebbi State Police command in its reaction to the incident said the rescue operation is still ongoing for the missing students.
DSP Nafiu Abubakar, the spokesperson of the Kebbi Police Command, announced this in a statement made available to newsmen.
“Given the above, the command also wishes to make it clear and to make the record straight that yet to be ascertained of the students are still missing as the rescue operation is still ongoing.”
“The white Hilux Van with registration number KBSJ 29, belonging to a High Court Judge, with the inscription of Kebbi State Judiciary, hijacked by the bandits along Birnin Yauri road, was the one used in perpetrating such a dastardly act.”