Five More Abducted Kaduna Students Regain Freedom
Five more students out of 39 abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State have regained freedom.
The new development comes barely 72 hours after the first set of five students were freed by the bandits who abducted them from their school in Igabi Local Government Area of the state on March 11.
According to Channels Television, Personal Assistant to the Provost of the College, Ahmed Rufai who confirmed this, saying that four males and a female student were released at about 6pm on Thursday April 8.
Rufai said three of the released male students are brothers from the same parents, but he did not say if any ransom was paid before the students regained freedom.
However, Kaduna State government and police authorities have yet to confirm the release of the five students.
The latest release of the students brings the total number of those freed by the bandits to 10 so far, while 29 others are still in captivity.
The bandits stormed the school very early in the morning on March 11 with the intention to abduct many students in what can be described as a silent attack.
Their operation was, however, thwarted by soldiers who promptly responded to a distress call and engaged the bandits in a fierce gunfight.
This led to the rescue of 180 people, comprising 132 male students, 40 female students, and eight civilian staff.
Despite the intervention of the soldiers, the assailants abducted 23 female and 16 male students – a situation that has left their parents in despair with calls on the government to rescue them.
One of those missing was a female student, Fatima Shamaki, whose father died from a heart attack after the news of her abduction was broken to him.
Ibrahim Shamaki was said to have fallen ill and later died while his relatives were about to take him to a hospital for treatment.