Five more students abducted by robbers from the Mando Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in the area of the local self-government of Igabi in the state of Kaduna have returned to freedom.
That comes barely 72 hours after the bandits released the first set of five students.
With this, the total number of students has been released to 10 so far, and the remaining 29 are still in the lair of their kidnappers.
One of the parents of the students, who confided in one of our correspondents in Kaduna on Thursday night, said the released students were heading towards the hospital.
“We learned that security operatives went to the Giwa State axis to pick up students. At the moment, we do not know the hospital where they are being taken, “he said.
On Wednesday, the Kaduna state government handed over the first set of kidnapped students to their parents at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim government house, Kaduna in the state capital.
State Commissioner for Internal Security and Internal Affairs Samuel Aruwan, representing the students to the parents, gave the names of the first five released students as Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi.
One of the five released students, Francis Paul, an undergraduate student of agricultural technology at the college at 200, recounted how the bandits released them, as well as confirmed the authenticity of a video released by the bandit a few days after their abduction.
According to Paul, the bandits said that when they whipped the students, the governor would be transferred to come and pay the required ransom of N500m.
At the time of submitting this report, the Kaduna State Police Command has not yet confirmed the release of a new group of students.
The Command’s public relations officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached because repeated calls to his phone indicated that the line was busy, and he did not respond to a text message sent by our correspondent.
PUNCH reported that on the night of March 11, 2021, bandits in large numbers attacked a school located opposite the Nigerian Defense Academy along the road to Kaduna International Airport and abducted 39 students.