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Kidnappers free 27 Kaduna Forestry students

UPDATED: Kidnappers free 27 Kaduna Forestry students

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

The remaining 27 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State were on Wednesday released.

But they were in poor state after spending 57 days in custody.

The Nation had reported 39 students were abducted on March 11, 2021 comprising 23 females and 16 males.

Ten of the students were later released in two batches of five each after it was reported that ransom was paid.

The students, who were received by Kaduna Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan and Commissioner of Police, Umar Muri, were accompanied to the Police Headquarters by an ambulance.

Looking very unkempt, emaciated and in bad state of health, the students conveyed in two 18- seater buses were taken to an undisclosed hospital within the state capital.

The Nation observed while they were being received at the Police Headquarters, one of the students, a lady who could barely walk, developed complications and had to be rushed to the hospital ahead of others.

Aruwan, in a brief address at the reception, confirmed the students needed urgent medical attention, stating such detailed briefing about the students’ release will be given on Thursday.

According to him: “Yes we can confirm that the students have been released as you can see but details will be made available on their release tomorrow. They will be taken for proper medical check up now.”

The kidnappers last week released a video where some of the students begged government and their parents to urgently come to their rescue as almost all of them were very sick.

As at the time of their arrival in Kaduna on Wednesday, it was not clear whether ransom was paid or not.

Chairman of the parents committee, Malam Abdullahi Usman, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Kaduna -based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi played great roles in the release of the students.

When asked whether ransom was paid, Usman simply said parents worked tirelessly, including reaching out to prominent persons to assist towards their release.


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