The Kogi State Government deeply regrets and mourns the tragic killing of two students from the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara. The Governor and the entire state are devastated by this senseless act.

In a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Hon. Kingsley Femi Fanwo, the government expresses its profound sorrow over the loss of these promising young individuals. The full text of the statement is as follows:



1. The Kogi State Government expresses deep shock and sorrow over the callous killing of two of the yet to be released students of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara. We are heartbroken.

2. The State Government was all out to rescue all the students and spared nothing in doing so. Unfortunately, we were able to rescue 21 of them alive. The State Government also mobilized security operatives, including local hunters and conventional security forces, to rescue the remaining students. The kidnappers contacted the families and while the dialogue for their release was ongoing, the students were killed.

3. This is an attack on us as a State and the killers of our students will not go unpunished. They killed the students at their hideout in Kwara State. We are currently working with security agencies to see how their remaining captives will be released.

4. The Kogi State Governor, His Excellency Alh Ahmed Usman Ododo, has also opened dialogue with Governors of the neighbouring States on how to make the hideouts of the criminals uncomfortable for them. We thank the Governors of Kwara and Ekiti States for their cooperation and readiness to rid the evil forest of criminals.

5. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims. The State Government will support them in every way possible in this dark hour of grief. We also sympathize with the CUSTECH community and the communities of the affected students.

6. As a Government and a People, we will do everything possible to avert any possible future occurrence and strengthen strategies to ward off evil from our state. We mourn our departed champions. Terror is cowardice for only a coward will attack those seeking knowledge in schools.

7. We mourn.


Kingsley Femi Fanwo

Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications



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