Nigeria: Defence Headquarters Addresses Kidnapping Crisis in Kaduna

Nigeria: Defence Headquarters Addresses Kidnapping Crisis in Kaduna

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The recent abduction of 287 students from a school in Kuriga, Kaduna State, has brought renewed attention to the ongoing security challenges faced by Nigeria. Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, provided insights into the situation, highlighting the complexities and efforts underway to address it.

According to Major General Buba, the Defence Headquarters acknowledges the seriousness of the situation, emphasizing that the kidnapped students are being held in remote and difficult-to-access locations. This tactic, he noted, is employed by the perpetrators to use soft targets as human shields and deter security forces from launching effective rescue operations.

The Defence Headquarters attributed the abduction to the desperation of terrorist groups, which have faced significant losses in recent troop offensives. Major General Buba underscored the cowardice of targeting innocent children and emphasized the resolve of security forces to rescue all the kidnapped victims.

Despite the challenges posed by the difficult terrain and the delayed notification of the incident, security agencies are fully committed to ensuring the safe return of the hostages. Major General Buba reassured the public that every effort is being made to locate and rescue the abducted students.

While details regarding the rescue operation remain sensitive, Major General Buba affirmed that international partners are providing valuable support, including intelligence sharing, to aid in the efforts to combat terrorism and secure the release of the hostages.

In addition to addressing the kidnapping crisis, Major General Buba provided updates on recent operations conducted by security forces across the country. These operations have resulted in the neutralization of terrorists, kidnappers, and other criminal elements, as well as the arrest of numerous suspects involved in illegal activities.

Troops have also made significant seizures of stolen crude oil and dismantled illegal refining sites in the Niger Delta region, contributing to efforts to combat oil theft and related crimes.

In conclusion, the Defence Headquarters reiterated its commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians and called for continued support from the public in the fight against terrorism and other criminal activities. The update provided valuable insights into the ongoing efforts to address security challenges in Nigeria and underscored the need for collective action to ensure peace and stability across the country.

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