Nigerian Army rescue 172 students kidnapped, many still missing in Kaduna
Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
March 12, 2021
The government of Kaduna State has disclosed that military forces of the Nigerian Army have rescued 180 citizens kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the state on Friday.
The government revealed that the citizens were abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area Council of Kaduna State.
A statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, indicates that 42 female students, 130 male students, and eight staff were rescued by the troops.
The commissioner stated that about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are still missing.
“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,” said Aruwan.
“The armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm 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.
“Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.
“Pictures of some of the rescued persons, and the broken perimeter fence, are attached to this update.
“Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the 180 citizens. 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.
“Citizens will be updated on emerging developments,” he added.