The Kogi State Government has confirmed the rescue of some students abducted by gunmen from the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara.

The government said the students were rescued safely after local hunters and other security agencies engaged the bandits in a gun battle for several hours..

“Local vigilante men and security agents engaged the kidnappers in a fierce shootout and the kidnappers succumbed to superior firepower and escaped with gun wounds, leaving the kidnapped students who also ran in different directions to avoid being caught up in the fire exchange,” Kingsley Fanwo, Kogi Commissioner for Information said in a statement on Sunday.

“Many of the students kidnapped and even other people in captivity have been rescued and taken to medical facilities for proper attention, while many others were also rescued in the early hours of today.

“Security agents are currently combing the forests to ensure all the kidnapped students are found and brought home safely.”

Mr Fanwo however failed to mention the number of students rescued in the operation.

“In the sporadic gun battle to rescue our dear students, a local hunter and a DSS operative sustained injuries and they are currently receiving medical attention,” he said.

“We commend our local hunters and all the conventional security agents for their bravery and gallantry. Of special commendation is the DSS for acting on credible intelligence to coordinate a fearless confrontation on the outlaws. The security agencies have once again demonstrated why Kogi State will remain an uncomfortable place for bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements.

“The success recorded so far is a clear testament of the readiness of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo to ensure adequate and uncompromising security for the people of Kogi State.

“We urge residents to report anyone with gun wounds found in their communities to law enforcement agents.”

    The bandits reportedly invaded the university around 9pm on Thursday last week.

    Eyewitnesses say the incident occurred while students were reading in classrooms for their forthcoming examinations.

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