The Kaduna State government has disclosed that troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 180 citizens abducted by gunmen from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It explained that the rescued persons include 42 female students, 130 male students, and eight staff that were whisked away rescued by the troops during early hours of Friday.
Confirming the development, the state Commissioner, Internal Security, and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that the gallant efforts of troops of the Nigerian Army from 1 Division foiled the bandits plan.
According to him, the armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.
Through a statement released to journalists, the commissioner revealed that though 180 persons were rescued, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for.
“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,” the statement said.