Bandits have released five more students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna state, just three days after releasing five of the 39 abducted.
According to Sahara Reporters, 10 of the 39 students kidnapped from the school have been released as a result of the latest progress.
The five students who were released by the bandits on Monday, April 5, were taken to a military hospital for medical examination, according to Legit.ng
The Nation also estimates that 29 more students have been kidnapped and are being held captive by their kidnappers. According to the news, the freed students were picked up by police in the state’s Giwa local government area and were on their way to Kaduna town, according to one of the parents who confirmed the progress.
“Yes, five more of our children have been released,” the parent is said to have said. We are currently waiting for them to arrive in Kaduna. However, I can confirm that they have already been apprehended by Nigerian police officers. We haven’t been able to see them yet.
“They will be taken to the hospital for testing as soon as they arrive, but we are waiting to receive them first.”
According to the newspaper, ASP Mohammed Jalige, the public relations officer for the state police command, said he missed a call from the DPO in charge of Kidenda Giwa local government, who may have called to brief him on the situation.
Meanwhile, as previously stated by Legit.ng, Governor Nasir El-Rufai announced that all bandits must be expelled from Nigeria due to the ongoing killings and kidnappings of innocent people. El-Rufai was quoted as saying that the robbers had lost their constitutional right to life.
On Thursday, April 8, the governor stated this at a town hall meeting on national security hosted by the state ministry of information and culture in Kaduna.
He added that no one in a position of authority would dispute the need for long-term action against criminals, and that more aggressive security operations can cripple criminals while assuring ordinary citizens.