The five school children and three staff of The Apostolic Faith Group of Schools, Emure Ekiti, who were kidnapped along the Emure-Eporo Road, on their way home from school were on Sunday, discharged after spending a week at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, where they have been receiving treatment.
Following the release of the victims after spending six days in the kidnappers’ den, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Oyebanji Filani, said their rescue and subsequent treatment by the state government was a thing of joy.
Speaking at EKSUTH after the victims’ discharge, he said, “As a government having had them including the children released and having had them properly treated by various teams from management here in the teaching hospital, we would be returning them to their community.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director, EKSUTH, Professor Kayode Olabanji, said the eight persons were given necessary medical attention before being discharged.
“They were in various conditions when they were brought in and some of them were so dehydrated. We don’t know when last they had taken water or even food. Many of the pupils were in a panic state. You could see that they were very terrified. However, immediately after we brought them in, they were attended to by doctors, nurses and various specialities.
“We brought in clinical psychologists, who could work on them to allay their fears. They were given the initial resuscitations including rehydration. They were given fluids and some who needed oxygen were given oxygen.
“After they had stabilised a bit, they were even given food. Now that they are much better, we will still carry out a few investigations to fully appraise their situation,” he said.
The grandmother of three among the rescued school children, Mrs Dorcas Ojo, said it would not have been possible for her to remain alive if the kidnappers had not released her three grandchildren.
The woman, who said the eight abducted persons were saved by God through the prayers of the Emure Ekiti and Eporo Ekiti people, said, “The abductors made the children undergo what their parents had never experienced.
“They (children) were traumatised by the kidnappers as they were forced to trek for long distances in the bush, not staying in one location and were also not given food to eat for the days they were in captivity.”