27 students abducted by bandits from Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna, has regained their freedom yesterday after 56 days in captivity.
The students were released in Kindanda village, Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Sheikh Abubakar Gumi Dialogue Committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo facilitated their release from captivity.
You could recall that 39 students were abducted two months ago. two of them escaped from their abductors. After payment of ransom by parents and the school management, the bandits had last month released 10 of the students, holding back 27.
Mallam Abdullahi Usman, Chairman of the parents’ forum, who was so full of joy over the release of the students when asked if more ransom was paid before securing the students release said: “I cannot confirm whether ransom was paid or not. Our main joy and happiness is that our students are back.”
Parents of the kidnapped students had on Tuesday protested at the National Assembly complex over the long time its taking to secure the release of their wards.
The Kaduna State Government last night expressed overwhelming happiness with parents of the Afaka students. The freed students were received at the state Police Command Headquarters, arrived with security agents as excocts, arrived in two 18-seater Hiace bus and an ambulance. Most of the students appeared in tattered clothes, some are very weak and could barely walk, as one of the female students was carried by a security agent on mufti.
In a statement by the Kaduna State Spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, Governor Nasir El-Rufai charged the students to view their ordeal as a motivation, put the past behind and work hard towards a happier and successful future ahead.