Five abducted Kaduna students regains freedom, 34 still in captive
Five of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka Kaduna who were abducted from their hostels by heavily armed bandits have regain freedom after 25 days in captivity.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna state internal security commissioner in a statement said they were undergoing thorough medical check-up at a military facility.
According to him: “The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State Government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are presently in a military facility where they are undergoing a thorough medical check-up.
“The Kaduna State Government will provide updates on further operational feedback to be received on this case.”
The kidnap gang has previously released videos showing the distraught students being whipped and calling on the government to secure their release.
On Sunday, Aruwan had warned Kaduna authorities will prosecute anyone who negotiates with the kidnappers of the missing students as parents called for their rescue.
Aruwan ruled out negotiations and ransom payments to the kidnappers, warning that “any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.”
He said the announcement was prompted by media reports that the state government had appointed “representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf”.
“The Kaduna State Government hereby clarifies firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed.”
On Monday, parents of the kidnapped students, who have formed a support group, issued a statement condemning the state government’s “insensitivity” over the negotiations threat.
“For us, the statement is unfortunate and another demonstration of callousness on the part of the government,” Sam Kambai, the group’s head, said in the statement.
“We can never abandon our children and we will do whatever we can to see that we get them back.”
Kambai said a father of one of the kidnapped students died of shock after learning that his daughter was abducted. Local media have named the individual as Ibrahim Shamaki.
“We do not want to lose more parents… we will not resign to fate by doing nothing,” Kambai said.