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General News of Friday, 12 March 2021

Source: www.pmnewsnigeria.com

Kaduna govt confirms kidnap of 30 students, staff at College of Forestry

30 students and staff from Federal College of Forestry kidnapped 30 students and staff from Federal College of Forestry kidnapped

The Kaduna State government has said that 30 students from the Federal College of Forestry are yet to be accounted for.

This comes after the news went rife that some unknown gunmen have kidnapped the students from Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The statement by Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and social affairs said the victims were a mixture of male and female.

The government said the attack happened on Thursday night and not early today.

“The armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff”, Aruwan disclosed.

“The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.

Aruwan said his ministry got a distress call during the attack. It promptly informed the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the Training Command of the 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”.

Read the statement:

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.

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.

Signed

Samuel Aruwan

Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State.

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