Kaduna College students released by bandits after weeks in captivity

Kaduna College students released by bandits after weeks in captivity

The remaining abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Kaduna have regained their freedom after spending 55 days in captivity.

The students were released on Wednesday, May 5, and are currently undergoing medical examination at a health facility in Kaduna.

The spokesman of the Police Command in Kaduna state, ASP Mohammed Jalige confirmed the release of the students on Wednesday in Kaduna.

A total of 39 students were abducted from their hostel on the night of March 12, but 10 of them were later released.

The military had engaged the attackers at the time of the attack and was able to take back 180 staff and students to safety.

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The abductors had made a demand of N500 million ransom to release the students; but the Kaduna State Government said it would not negotiate with nor pay ransom to bandits and terrorists.

Parents of the students have been agitating for the release of their children; and had also staged a protest at the National Assembly on Tuesday to draw the lawmakers’ attention.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Government has rejoiced with the parents of the students for their safe release.

“The government rejoices with the freed students; their families; and the management of the institution over this development.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai charged them to view their ordeal as a motivator to put the past behind; and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead,” Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs said in a statement.

The students were released by their abductors in the Giwa local government area of the state.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the Senate says it strongly; as well as unreservedly supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in addressing all challenges facing the country.

The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Abdullahi Yahaya (APC-Kebbi) made the disclosure on behalf of the APC caucus; at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, May 5.

The caucus was reacting to a statement credited to the PDP minority caucus in the National Assembly; on the handling of the security situation in the country by President Buhari.

“We in the APC caucus totally reject the many incorrect statements contained in the press release by the minority caucus in the National Assembly.

“Indeed, we are quite aware of the role of the opposition in any democracy; however, the statement by the PDP caucus has gone too far; given the good working relationship in the 9th Assembly and especially with the minority caucus.”

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