KADUNA – No fewer than 180 students and staff of the Federal College of Forestry, Afaka, Igabi LGA, Kaduna, who were abducted on Thursday, by armed bandits, have been rescued in the early hours of yesterday.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, members of the Nigerian Army intervened and ensured the release of the abductees.
“Troops of the Nigerian Army in the early hours of today, Friday, 12th March 2021 rescued 180 citizens, many of them students, at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.
“The armed bandits, in large number had attacked the institution at around 11:30pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff. The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility. The Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, on receiving a distress call, alerted the 1 Division Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force. Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly.
“The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for,” Aruwan stated.
According to the statement, some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.
He revealed that Governor Nasir el-Rufai thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the 180 citizens while he also wished the injured students a speedy recovery.
“As at the time of this update, a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the missing students,” the Commissioner disclosed.
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