Not less that 172 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State who were abducted earlier on Friday, have been rescued.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, made this known in a statement issued on Friday.

He said troops of the Nigerian Army swooped in after the abduction and rescued the victims comprising 130 male students and 30 female students.

The commissioner also noted that eight staff members of the institution were also rescued from the kidnappers.

“Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly,” he said.

“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.”

According to Aruwan, some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.

Meanwhile, operations led by a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are ongoing to conduct an operation to track the missing students.

The armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution and kidnapped several students and staff.

SEE BELOW THE SEE FULL STATEMENT BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT HERE:

180 rescued, several students missing following the attack at Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA

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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