Kaduna State Government has confirmed that troops of the Nigerian Army in the early hours of today, Friday, rescued 180 citizens, many of them students, at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi local government area of the State.
Solacebase reports that 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 a statement issued by the state Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan the armed bandits in large number had attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.
It said that the armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence, they then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.
The statement said 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,’’ said the statement.
‘’Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.’’
‘’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. ‘’