In a welcomed development, the kidnapped pupils and staff of Apostolic Faith Group of Schools in Emure Ekiti have regained their freedom, as confirmed by Sunday Abutu, the Ekiti State Police Command Spokesperson. However, the confirmation came with a somber note, revealing the unfortunate demise of the driver during the abduction.
The abductees, consisting of five students, three female teachers, and a driver, were reportedly released in the early hours of Sunday. They were abducted on Monday evening while returning to Eporo after closing school. The assailants fired at the bus and subsequently kidnapped the occupants, leading to a week-long ordeal.
Sunday Abutu stated, “All victims were rescued today at about 1.30 am, but unfortunately, we lost the driver who was suspectedly killed by the abductors.”
A government official in Emure Ekiti, confirming the release, mentioned that the abductees, along with their parents and family members, were present. Further details about their condition and the circumstances of their release are expected to be provided shortly.
Sources have indicated that officials from the state Ministry of Health are on-site to ensure the abducted individuals receive necessary medical attention, and plans are in place to transport them to Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, had earlier reassured parents and families of the kidnapped pupils and staff that efforts were underway for their swift rescue. The news of their release brings relief to the community and underscores the ongoing challenges with security in some regions.