Five of the students of the College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna State, have been rescued by troops, the Nigerian Army has disclosed on Wednesday, April 7.
1st News had reported that 30 students of the institution were kidnapped by suspected terrorists in March.
The abductees were seen in a viral video begging the Federal Government to pay for their release.
A statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, identified the rescued students as Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi.
It read: “Troops of 1 Division FCC Nigerian Army on Monday, 5 April 2021 rescued 5 of the students of College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna who were kidnapped by bandits on 11 March 21.
“The rescued Kaduna students are Abubakar Yakubu; Francis Paul; Obadiya Habakkuk; Amina Yusuf as well as Maryam Danladi. The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna.
“The GOC 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for their heir effort; and charged them not to rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families”.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has assured that the Federal Government would strengthen security at correctional centres across the country.
Osinbajo gave the assurance while addressing newsmen at the Owerri Custodial Centre, Imo, on Tuesday, April 6; after inspecting the facility to ascertain the extent of damage by hoodlums who attacked the centre on Monday, April 5, 2021.
The vice president who condemned the attacks on the correctional centre and Police Headquarters in Owerri said that the security architecture of the country would be rejigged.
He further assured that all those responsible for the attacks would be uncovered; and likewise made to face the full wrath of the law.
Osinbajo asserted that the attacks were against the Nigerian people and her government; also adding that it must not be condoned.
“Perpetrators of this act will definitely be brought to book. They must not go free. They are cowards and will be discovered and duly prosecuted.
“We will be rejigging the security architecture of the country; and also strengthening security at correctional centres nationwide,” he said.