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Police Rescue 13 Naval College Students, 5 Still In Captivity

The abduction of the Naval College Students follows several others in recent months in a wave of kidnappings in Nigeria.

Five students of Naval College of Engineering, Delta State, South-south Nigeria are yet to regain their freedom more than 48 hours after their abduction, police said.

Kontongs Bello, Police spokesperson in the state, said the students were abducted by armed persons while travelling in an 18-seater bus from Kaduna to Sapele along Ekpoma-Benin Road, Edo State, on Monday, July 26.

The police had immediately rescued 13 of the kidnapped students after receiving a distress call, Bello said in a statement on Wednesday, July 28. The police spokesperson did not divulge details of the rescue but said one student who had escaped during the abduction, “came back on her own the following day.”

Bello added that efforts were underway to rescue the remaining five victims still in captivity.

A wave of kidnappings is sweeping Nigeria and rattling normal lives amidst rising insecurity in the country.  Schools have recently been targeted in mass abductions. More than 1,000 students have been abducted from schools in the regions since Dec. 2020. Families are being plunged deeper into poverty to pay ransoms amidst little government efforts.

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