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29 abducted Afaka students regain freedom — after seven weeks in captivity

29 abducted Afaka students regain freedom — after seven weeks in captivity
May 05
18:15 2021

The remaining 29 students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, have regained their freedom after 54 days in captivity.

Abdullahi Usman, chairman of the forum of parents of the abducted students, confirmed the release of the students on Wednesday.

“Yes, they have been released. They did not sleep in the (bandits’) camp yesterday. They were taken to the residence of one of the mediators to sleep. We have already sent our people with vehicles and ambulance to go and bring them. We are expecting them any moment from now,” he told TheCable.

On March 12, gunmen invaded the school located along airport road in Kaduna, and abducted 39 of the students.

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Ten of them were released in two batches of five after the parents reportedly paid N17 million ransom.

Speaking on the release of the students, Usman said it is “a big relief to parents”, who have been “emotionally traumatised” since the incident took place.

The parents had, on Tuesday, protested at the national assembly in Abuja.

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Meanwhile, attempts to reach Mohammad Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, for comments on the students’ release were unsuccessful as calls to his phone line didn’t go through.

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