Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued no fewer than 172 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State kidnapped in the school premises in the early hours of Friday.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this information in a statement issued earlier.
The armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution earlier and kidnapped several students and staff. They were said to have broken into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence before encroaching about 600 meters to attack the facility.
According to Aruwan, 42 female students, 130 male students and eight staff of the institution were rescued by the troops.
He also added that some of the rescued students were injured and are currently receiving treatment at a military hospital in Kaduna.
The statement read, “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 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.”
Meanwhile, 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.
Receiving the report, the commissioner noted that Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the 180 citizens, while also wishing the injured students a speedy recovery.