Five of the 39 kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka Kaduna regained freedom on Monday, April 5, 2021, after 25 days in captivity.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development in a statement on Monday evening.
He said the five students were recovered by troops of the Nigerian Army on Monday afternoon.
Aruwan 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.”
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that before the news of the freedom of the five that the parents of the students known as Kaduna 39 had criticised the Kaduna State Government what they claimed as its uncaring attitude towards the plight of the students.
The aggrieved parents in a statement issued on Monday and signed on their behalf by Sam Kambai (Chairman) and Sanni Friday (Secretary), declared that they will not neglect their children, reiterating their stance to free them at all cost.
“We wish to reiterate that we will do everything within our power, everything humanly possible, with the help of God, to ensure that our children do not perish” the parents declared.
They also lamented how the state government has neglected them and refused to listen to them and described the recent announcement by the state government to prosecute any negotiator as callous.
“For the record, the Governor of Kaduna State has never addressed the parents of these students from the first day of the incident until now. They have shown no concern about the trauma the parents have been enduring.