‘This Is An Attack On Us As a State’; Kogi Govt Mourns Killing of Two Kidnapped Students by Abductors

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Kogi state government has vowed to bring killers of two abducted students of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara, to book.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, the state government expressed deep shock and sorrow over the callous killing of two of the yet to be released students.

He explained that the state government was all out to rescue all the students and spared nothing in doing so.

“Unfortunately, we were able to rescue 21 of them alive. The State Government also mobilized security operatives, including local hunters and conventional security forces, to rescue the remaining students. The kidnappers contacted the families and while the dialogue for their release was ongoing, the students were killed.

“We are heartbroken.

“This is an attack on us as a State and the killers of our students will not go unpunished. They killed the students at their hideout in Kwara State,” he said.

He confirmed that the state government is currently working with security agencies to see how the remaining captives will be released.

He added that Governor Usman Ododo has opened dialogue with Governors of the neighbouring states on how to make the hideouts of the criminals uncomfortable for them.

“We thank the Governors of Kwara and Ekiti States for their cooperation and readiness to rid the evil forest of criminals.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. The State Government will support them in every way possible in this dark hour of grief. We also sympathize with the CUSTECH community and the communities of the affected students.

“As a Government and a People, we will do everything possible to avert any possible future occurrence and strengthen strategies to ward off evil from our state. We mourn our departed champions. Terror is cowardice for only a coward will attack those seeking knowledge in schools.”

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