The Nigerian Army on Wednesday released the names and pictures of five rescued students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, but is silent on 34 others who are still in captivity.
The students, consisting of 23 females and 16 males, were abducted from the hostel of the college on March 12 in an overnight raid by terrorists.
Mohammed Yerima, Brigadier-General and Director of Army Public Relations disclosed that the rescued students have been identified as Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi, adding that they were receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna.
“The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna,” Yerima said in a statement sighted by HumAngle.
“The GOC 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for their effort and charged them not to rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families.”
On Monday, April 5, news broke that five of the abducted students were freed after a rescue mission by the military.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs who broke the news in a statement, said the Nigerian Army rescued five of the abducted students who were immediately taken to a military facility for a thorough medical check-up.
The news came shortly after the parents of the abducted threatened that they would negotiate with the abductors following the hard stance by Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State that his administration would not negotiate with the terrorists.
The parents had in the past staged a protest against the government’s handling of the kidnap case.
Sam Kambai, the head of the parents’ association, accused the government of not being proactive about rescuing their children from abductors.