By Abba Gwale
Kelvin Eze, the abducted student of Kings College in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State who was kidnapped by gunmen after an attack on their school, has regained his freedom.
Major Ibrahim Shittu, the Spokesman of Operation Safe Haven, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday. He said troops had, on Saturday night, rescued the victim, Kelvin Eze.
“Troops of Operation “Safe Haven” on Saturday, 1 May 2021 at about 0835pm rescued a kidnapped student of Kings College, Gana Ropp, in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, Mr Kelvin Eze, who was kidnapped by bandits on 28 April 2021,” the Head of operation said.
He added that, “This was achieved through the sustained search and rescue operation by the troops, without payment of ransom. The rescued student who is hale and hearty has since been reunited with other students in the College.
It would be recalled that the timely intervention of security personnel forced the bandits to abandon the other abductees.”
He further said, “Operation “Safe Haven” wishes to reassure the law-abiding citizens of their safety and its determination to bring lasting peace across its Joint Operational Areas.”
He therefore, solicited for further support and cooperation of the general public.
Recall that the gunmen, had during the attack at the school adjacent to Yakubu Gowon Airport, abducted two students but one of them was later rescued after a gun duel involving the gunmen and security operatives.
Recidents confirmed that the gunmens’ plan was to kidnap dozens of students who were already sleeping, but some of the students alarted security agencies after they noticed some strange movements and fortunately the security responded swiftly forcing the bandits to flee.