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The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has expressed his gratitude to President Tinubu, the Security agencies and Ekitikete for their support which led to the timely release of the kidnapped pupils of Apostolic Faith Nursery and Primary school, Emure-Ekiti.


The pupils and their teachers were released in the wee hours on Sunday, February 4th, and brought to the Elemure’s palace around 4am.

However, the driver of the school bus was killed, reportedly, by the kidnappers.

The Governor while congratulating the children and their families, expressed his profound appreciation to President Tinubu for giving specific directives that put the search and rescue mission in top gear. He also thanked security agencies for their collaborative efforts during the search for the students, and extended his appreciation to Ekitikete home and abroad for their support during the security situation last week.

Noting the traumatic experience of the children in the kidnappers’ den, Governor Oyebanji has directed the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani to take the children to the state Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti for proper medical treatment and post trauma therapy.

The Governor, who kept vigil with Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele till 3.00am to ensure the release of the children, acknowledged the solidarity shown by his fellow governors, former governors of the state as well as religious leaders and traditional rulers.

He also thanked members of the Ekiti State Caucus in the National Assembly and members of the state House of Assembly for their support. “And more importantly, we thank God for everything,” the Governor said.

Governor Oyebanji also restated his administration’s determination to stamp out crime and criminality from the state by making the environment unbearable for criminals operating under whatever guise.

Similarly, the Governor said killers of the two Ekiti obas would be fished out and made to face the maximum weight of the law.

He urged the people of the state to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities to the authorities.

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By oyonews

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