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We went by way of hell — Launched Katsina college students

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President Muhammadu Buhari addressing the kidnapped college students in Katsina, December 18th, 2020. PHOTO Bayo Omoboriowo

…Our abductors flogged us, shot into air to scare us

…Fed us with cassava, uncooked potatoes, soiled water

…We trekked lengthy hours within the bush in chilly evening

…No ransom paid to safe their launch—Gov Masari

…Put your expertise behind you— Buhari tells them

By Kingsley Omonobi; Dapo Akinrefon; Ibrahim HassanWuyo; Bashir Bello & Charly Agwam

After spending six days within the bandits’ enclave beneath dehumanising situations, 344 college students of Authorities Science Secondary College, Kankara, Katsina State yesterday relived their traumatic expertise moments after they regained freedom.

Wanting unkempt and emaciated, most of the college students have been barefooted and limping. Their mother and father expressed reduction from six agonising days.  Governor Aminu Masari stated whereas some mother and father cried for a lacking little one, he cried for 344 lacking kids.

The kidnapped college students have been launched in Zamfara state on Thursday earlier than being transported to Katsina the place they have been handed over to Gov Masari on Friday morning. Brig.-Gen. WB Idris, Commandant, 17th Brigade, Nigerian Military, who led the safety males to obtain the boys led them to the federal government  in seven buses. The boys accompanied by stern-looking policemen who wielded their weapons as in the event that they waging conflict towards the bandits in authorities home there.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated in a press release on Friday in Abuja that “the scholars have been rescued on the heels of credible intelligence by the gallant troops, with excessive diploma of professionalism to make sure they have been all rescued alive. The Army Excessive Command commends troops of Operation Hadarin Daji together with all safety companies for his or her dexterity. The members of basic public who volunteered info are additionally appreciated.

Recounting their ordeals nonetheless, the scholars stated shortly after their abduction on Friday December 11, they have been divided into batches earlier than being led by way of thorny bushes and trekked within the chilly evening for a number of hours. These of them who couldn’t maintain tempo with the remaining have been flogged because the bandits shot into the air to warn them towards attempting to flee.

We have been compelled to stroll all through the evening —Farouq Aminu

One of many rescued college students, Farouq Aminu, in his account stated, stated, “I’m not feeling effectively now due to my horrible expertise. Our abductors compelled us to stroll all through the evening, they usually flogged these of us who couldn’t maintain tempo with the others. Additionally they fed us with Donkali ( potatoes) and cassava  however the feeding was not each day whereas a few of us have been in a position to get some fruits to eat. I didn’t hear that anyone died amongst us. I thank God for coming again dwelling. After our rescue, we have been first taken to someplace in Zamfara state earlier than we have been taken to Tsafe and ultimately delivered to Katsina.”

The bandits uncovered us to dehumanising situations —Abubakar Sodiq

One other rescued scholar, Abubakar Sodiq stated,”the bandits uncovered us to each dehumanising situations. Our ordeals started proper from the evening we have been kidnapped from college. They saved on capturing into the air to scare us and to warn us towards making any try to flee. They gave us meals once they felt like and allowed us to drink very soiled water and this made a few of us to fall sick however they nonetheless recovered with out being attended to. As I’m speaking to you, I’m not feeling effectively and I need to go dwelling.”

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I need  switch to a different college —Yusuf Suleiman

Recounting his personal ordeal, Yusuf Sulaiman, an SS1 scholar stated, “I thank God for bringing us again dwelling. The bandits took benefit of the weak safety in our college. I’ll need my mother and father to hunt my switch to a different college. I didn’t see any of us who died whereas we have been within the bush however I also can converse for my group as they divided us into batches once we have been moved to the forest.”

The bandits overpowered our safety —Abdulmajid Umar

In his personal account, Abdulmajid Umar stated, “the situation of our college made us weak. When the bandits got here, the policemen may do little or nothing due to their massive numbers and the weapons they have been carrying. Allow us to simply thank God that the federal government has rescued us. I can’t be stunned if many people will search switch to a different college when faculties resume. However we thank the federal government for our rescue. “

A few of the mother and father of the rescued college students have additionally expressed their pleasure to be reunited with their kids.

One of many mother and father, Mallam Aminu Dayyabu stated the times that his 12 yr previous son, Farouq spent within the den of the bandits have been essentially the most traumatic in his life. In response to him, “the horror of ready endlessly for an kidnapped or lacking little one actually affected my household all through the seven days of ready and harbouring the fears of what may have occurred to Farouq. It was subsequently an enormous reduction for us once we acquired a name at precisely 11 p.m on Thursday evening, informing us that Farouq and the remainder of the kidnapped college students had been rescued and have been as a result of arrive Katsina on Friday.

Dayyabu declared: “Let me first present gratitude to Almighty Allah for the secure rescue of Farouq and his colleagues. I’m additionally grateful to the state authorities in addition to the federal authorities. It was a horrible expertise for me and my complete family all through the interval that Farouq was kidnapped.

‘Since final Friday when the scholars have been kidnapped, I’ve been going to the college, hoping to listen to the information regarding my son and different college students. I’m very blissful on the rescue of the scholars however I’ll enchantment to the governor to beef up safety within the college and in all the group. “

One other affected mum or dad, Hajiya Murjanatu Danja whose son, Hussaina Nasiru was additionally among the many rescued college students, stated she remained eternally grateful to God and the federal government for the scholars’ launch. She stated, “I’m blissful over the rescue of the scholars. I thank God and can ever stay grateful to him for bringing Hussaina again safely. However let me see him first, then I’ll discuss extra. However I thank the state authorities for the rescue of the boys.”

On her half, Hajiya Binta Muhammad who additionally stated her son was amongst these rescued expressed gratitude to each the state and federal governments on the event. In response to her, “I perceive the medical crew has begun to take care of them and we have to wait slightly bit earlier than assembly them. However I thank God for his or her return. As a mom,I knew what I handed by way of when the boys have been within the custody of the bandits.”

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No ransom paid to safe college students’ launch —Gov Masari

In the meantime, Governor Masari has stated that no ransom was paid to safe the discharge of the scholars.

Talking when he acquired the freed schoolboys on the authorities home on Friday, the governor stated his administration didn’t supply a penny to the abductors of the boys for his or her launch.

He stated safety companies and members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation of Nigeria (MACBAN) have been instrumental within the launch of the schoolboys.

“These concerned within the negotiation embrace my adviser, some high navy and police operatives, members of Miyetti Allah; (they) have been all concerned within the negotiation,” Masari stated.

The governor stated the schoolboys “have suffered bodily and psychologically”. He assured them that they’d be correctly taken care of earlier than they’re reunited with their mother and father.

The governor stated the launched college students could be reunited with their mother and father after they will need to have rested from the fatigue and would additionally bear medical check-up, along with being given correct clothes and feeding.

In response to him, “the launched college students might be fastidiously reunited with their mother and father after the state authorities in collaboration with native authorities officers affirm that people who come ahead are the actual mother and father, guardian. The principal of the college can not know all of the 344 mother and father and guardians of the launched boys which is why the federal government has to have interaction native officers. Additionally, the launched boys are to establish their relations earlier than we hand over any little one.

“The Govt Secretary, Science and Technical Training Board, will checklist all of the names of the scholars and their mother and father as a result of we’re not going to launch a toddler to anybody till we’re certain they’re the mother and father or guardians.

“We are going to proceed to discharge our tasks as authorities and leaders within the state. I’m extra disturbed in regards to the abduction than every other mother and father. It is because whereas mother and father cried for a lacking little one, I cried for 344 lacking kids.”

Masari, who later addressed newsmen, urged Nigerians to proceed to hope till normalcy returned to the state and the nation usually. He careworn that guaranteeing safety was a accountability of all.

He stated: “this incident occurred in Kankara, however the entire state is affected; each native authorities has college students within the college, some are even from different states. We’re all concerned; all the state and the nation are like one physique. If one a part of the physique is sick, the entire physique is sick.

“For college kids, this needs to be a part of your historical past and a part of journey to maturity. I’m certain this could completely be in your thoughts; a few of the issues that befell, you’ll solely perceive them later in life. As leaders, we’ll proceed to discharge our accountability as authorities within the state.

“You suffered bodily, mentally and psychologically, however let me guarantee you that now we have suffered extra. Your mother and father have suffered; no matter you do, you must thank Allah and your mother and father and pray that this incident won’t ever occur to anyone once more,”

Put your expertise behind you — Buhari tells freed college students

President Muhammadu Buhari who met with the freed 344 college students on Friday night in Katsina, has urged them to place their abduction behind them and give attention to their research.

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Talking in Hausa language, the President who met the scholars at Authorities home, Katsina stated, “you’re fortunate, your college focuses on the sciences, and sciences are a part of modernisation, which lets you safe good jobs. The longer term shouldn’t be for people who learn English language or Historical past, however for people who learn the sciences. I hope you’ll neglect what occurred to you and focus in your training as a substitute.”

The president stated he too had gone by way of boarding college like the scholars, as a younger boy, declaring that training was what made him what he’s as we speak. He described the scholars as being fortunate for going by way of such harrowing expertise within the fingers of gunmen, and popping out unhurt.

He informed them that a few of his relations who didn’t purchase formal training are paying the value now. “I’ve relations that aren’t educated, and their cows have completed whereas their lands are usually not as productive as earlier than. It’s as a result of I acquired training, that’s the reason I’m the place I’m as we speak. Subsequently, attempt your finest to accumulate each western and non secular training with the intention to turn into what you need in life.”

The president then referred to as on safety companies to weed out the unhealthy eggs amongst them and to do not forget that they’d give account of their actions to God. He stated ‘I name on all safety companies, the navy, police, DSS, to proceed to do their work within the concern of God, by rooting out the unhealthy eggs amongst us. You shouldn’t neglect that we’d all face justice on the finish of the day, whether or not we prefer it or not.”

Launch of Kankara college kids, cheering information—CAN

The chairman of Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, CAN,in Kaduna state, Rev John Joseph Hayab, has stated that the information of the discharge of the Kankara college kids was cheering.

He stated the spirit and tempo that authorities and safety companies employed to get the kids again dwelling needs to be sustained and engaged to get others who’re nonetheless in captivity to return dwelling.

“One can think about the enjoyment, peace, and pleasure of the mother and father and all well-wishers on the information of the kids’s return. To make many extra houses, households and communities blissful, we enchantment to the federal government to double her effort to rescue many extra Nigerians which might be within the dens of bandits, criminals and terrorists. Furthermore, the federal government mustn’t sleep or permit the criminals to regroup or re-strategise.

“Undoubtedly, Nigerians have suffered untold tragedy and lots of are nonetheless struggling within the fingers of bandits. Subsequently, we pray to see that the evil stops and a brand new lease of lifetime of peace and hope take over the nation. CAN equally enchantment that the identical techniques engaged to get 300 college students launched needs to be urgently deployed in getting Leah Sharibu and others out of captivity.”

The Defence Headquarters stated the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji efficiently rescued all 344 kidnapped college students of Authorities Science Secondary College Kankara, Katsina State on Thursday following credible intelligence.

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Allardyce praises ‘wonderful’ gamers as West Brom beat Wolves

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West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has praised his gamers for his or her ‘wonderful’ efficiency within the 3-2 derby victory over Wolves.

The Baggies went forward within the Eighth-minute as Matheus Pereira scored from the spot.

Willy Boly had fouled ahead Callum Robinson within the field.

Wolves got here again to guide the Black Nation derby at half time although. Fabio Silva bagged his first purpose on the Molineux Stadium, earlier than Willy Boly avenged the penalty by scoring from shut vary.

West Brom had an excellent begin to the second half. They have been introduced stage by Semi Ajayi’s header. Robinson was then fouled within the field by Conor Coady, permitting Pereira to attain his second penalty of the match.

West Brom held on regardless of a great probability for Patrick Cutrone.

Talking after the victory, Allardyce stated: “Within the overwhelming majority of that efficiency the plan, and the best way the lads carried out the techniques, was wonderful. It’s the most effective I’ve seen us in possession since I’ve been right here.

“Aside from slipping up on a set piece which put us on the again foot I’d need to say the lads have been wonderful. You would have felt their heads go down once we have been behind however they got here bouncing again. We created different possibilities after going forward which might have made it even higher after which defended effectively on the finish.

“It’s even higher for the membership and the followers as a result of we’ve crushed our rivals within the Black Nation derby. We look ahead to gaining a little bit of confidence now.

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“Wolves let a number of targets in on set items so we felt we might exploit that. We created extra from open play than in any sport since I’ve been right here.

“I’m asking the gamers to enhance their general health and method by one p.c. Add that every one up and it’s a giant enchancment. I’m asking for everybody to do this little bit extra and be extra constant.”

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Bielsa laments Leeds efficiency towards Brighton

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Marcelo Bielsa admitted Leeds’ dip in kind was giving him trigger for concern after their 1-Zero dwelling Premier League defeat to Brighton.

Neal Maupay turned dwelling the sport’s solely purpose within the 17th minute to clinch a primary league win since November for the Seagulls.

Leeds slipped to a 3rd straight defeat in all competitions for the primary time in 12 months below Bielsa and have but to register a purpose this 12 months after struggling once more to create possibilities.

“I hyperlink that to the final two video games, not the sport towards Tottenham, however this causes me to fret,” Bielsa stated.

Leeds mustered little in entrance of purpose. Patrick Bamford fully missed Raphinha’s low first-half cross six yards out and Jack Harrison fired narrowly vast firstly of the second interval. In any other case, there was little else.

Bielsa’s facet didn’t retain possession in Brighton’s half because of repeated misplaced passes on a heavy Elland Highway pitch.

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“We defended beneath our capabilities, beneath our regular degree. We solely managed to recuperate the ball near our personal purpose.

“After we misplaced the ball the variations took us to the sting of our personal space to recuperate the ball.

“And we attacked beneath our regular capabilities. We didn’t assault effectively and we didn’t defend effectively. We didn’t play effectively.”

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By Egufe Yafugborhi, Port-Harcourt

Blessing Jeremiah,  astudent of the College of Port Harcourt (Uniport), Rivers state, shot by hoodlums has thanked the police and others who saved her life within the ordeal.

Blessing, 200Stage scholar of Administration Science at Uniport was shot at dusk at Agip by considered one of a gang of hoodlums as she resisted their try and rape her after dispossessing her money, telephone and different valuables.

It took the intervention of close-by safety guards and college students at shut by Rivers State College of Well being Know-how, Port Harcourt, to scuttle the tried rape by the hoodlums who needed to take to their heels.

Blessing narrated on Saturday that, “On 13 January, on my manner again from work, I used to be attacked at Agip Junction by the general public bathroom. After seizing my belongings, they have been dragging me in the direction of the bathrooms, trying to rape me.

“After I resisted considered one of them shot me on the shoulder. My screaming attracted the varsity safety who have been joined by some college students as they rushed in to rescue me.

“They administered first help on me on the School of Well being Know-how Clinic earlier than alerting the Police who got here to take me to the hospital. I thank God I’m alive and I thank the safety and college students of the well being faculty and the police for saving my life.”

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