…As Gov Buni reopens Gaidam Int’l market, relaxes curfew ***
Troops of Operation Thunder Strike have rescued the remaining four students of Government Day Secondary School Gwagwada in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, abducted on their way to school on Oct. 10.
Operation Thunder Strike was a Defence Headquarters operation with troops drawn from the Army, Air Force, Police, State Services and Civil Defence Corps.
The Deputy Director Army Public Relations Officer, 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna, Col Ezindu Idimah indicated the Monday night,noting that the students were now united with their parents at Gurmi village.
Recall that bandits terrorizing Kaduna/Abuja highway on October 10, abducted 10 students of the school while on their way to school. However, the quick intervention of troops led to the immediate rescue of six out of the 10 students while the bandits escaped into the forest with the four.
“On Monday October 14, at about 6 am, following a tip off from a reliable source, troops raided the hideout of the bandits and successfully rescued the remaining 4 students without any injury,” Idima said.
According to him, during the rescue operation, the bandits ran into the bush with gunshot wounds while abandoning the students after they had engaged the troops in a gun duel.
In the meantime, Gov. Mai- Mala Buni of Yobe on Monday announced the reopening of Gaidam weekly market, which had been shut for about a year, following Boko Haram attacks on the commercial hub.
Buni confirmed this known in a Town Hall meeting with the people of Gaidam, in Gaidam local government.
He also approved the upward review of curfew in the town from 6 pm to 10 pm as well as the recruitment of 150 vigilante members to boost the existing 50 vigilantes who are complementing the troops in clearance operations.
“The closure of Gaidam market will only worsen the security situation in the town rather than improving it, considering the number of youth in the town and strategic location of the market.” Buni said.
He enjoined the people of Gaidam to be prayerful and cooperate with the security operatives, as security is everyone’s affair.