5 of 39 kidnapped Kaduna forestry college students regained freedom

The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the release of five out of the 39 students kidnapped from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization at Afaka, Kaduna.

A statement issued to newsmen by the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said five students are undergoing medical checks.

He said: “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. They are presently undergoing thorough medical check-up at a military facility.

However, details of their release were not provided in the press statement, but the state government said it would provide update on the development and further operational feedback.

Daily Telescope reports that the students, 23 female and 16 male, were abducted from their hostel on March 11, 2021 by unknown gunmen.

The kidnappers stormed the school very early in the morning with the intention to abduct many students, but their operation was, however, thwarted by soldiers who promptly responded to a distress call and engaged the gunmen.

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