The 10 members of staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), who were abducted by bandits in March 6, 2021, in Kaduna Northwest Nigeria, have been rescued by the Nigerian military.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday summoned the Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika to brief its Committee on Aviation on how bandits gained access into the Kaduna airport recently and abducted some residents of its staff quarters.
Adopting a motion on the need to provide adequate security for the nation’s airports sponsored by Hon Musa Mohammed Pali, the House also asked the Inspector – General of Police and other security operatives to beef up security at the nation’s airports and prevent such breach.
The House also directed security agencies to secure the release of the abducted persons and flush out the bandits.
Coincidentally, the 10 persons abducted from the Kaduna International Airport Staff Quarters, Ifira were freed by troops on Wednesday.
They were abducted on March 6 when bandits invaded the FAAN staff quarters in the Ifira community, near the Kaduna airport.
The state Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, while briefing newsmen on security update in the State, said, “The Kaduna State Government can confirm that troops of the Nigerian Army have today, Wednesday 17th March, 2021, rescued the 10 victims who were kidnapped from the Kaduna Airport Staff Quarters, Ifira, Igabi local government area.”
According to him, the victims rescued are Mr. Ilori Sunday, Mrs. Celestina Sunday, Miss Beauty Oshaibie Sunday, Miss Miracle Sunday, Miss Marvelous Sunday, Miss Destiny Sunday, Mr. Samuel Sunday, Miss Deborah Sunday, Hajiya Badiyatu Abdullahi Gambo and Bilkisu Gambo.
Recall that armed bandits breached the fence of the Kaduna Airport Staff Quarters in the early hours of Saturday 6th March 2021, and kidnapped 10 persons from two houses located near the fence.
According to the statement, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has received the report of the rescue with elation and extended hearty congratulations to the troops for the successful rescue.
It added that he (Governor El-Rufai) has also met with the rescued citizens to encourage them, and assured them of the unwavering commitment of the Kaduna State Government.
He wished them well as they re-unite with their families and loved ones.
The Commissioner explained, “further updates will be provided on this and other developments as they emerge.”
The commissioner refused to mention the location of the rescue operation by the soldiers and the circumstances following the incident.