- Kaduna government says 39 students are still in the captivity of the abductors
- The breakdown includes 23 female students and 13 male counterparts
- The state government assures that it is doing all necessary to end the nightmare that started early on Friday
The Kaduna state government has confirmed that no fewer than 39 students are still missing after a group of armed bandits stormed their school in the northern state on Friday, March 12.
The state's commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, revealed this information in a statement on Friday night.
According to Aruwan, 39 students, both male and female, of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka are yet to return home or to the school.
Aruwan had earlier announced the rescue of 180 of those kidnapped in a rescue mission by brave soldiers shortly after news of the mass abduction hit the airwaves.
The commissioner revealed that 130 male students, 42 female students, and eight staff members were set free from the kidnappers' den.
He, however, noted that some students were still missing at the time. Later in the day, he gave a sad update in a statement.
The statement read in part:
"Further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicate that 39 students are currently unaccounted for. The missing students include males and females.
"In an earlier update, citizens were informed that troops rescued 180 persons following an attack by armed bandits on the College late Thursday night, with about 30 still missing. The number of missing students is now confirmed to be 39, comprising 23 females and 16 males."
Aruwan assured that all is being done to ensure the rescue of the remaining missing students.
"The Kaduna State Government is maintaining close communication with the management of the College as efforts are sustained by security agencies towards the tracking of the missing students."
The United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres condemned the abduction and demanded the return of the kidnapped students.
Legit.ng had earlier reported how a gang of gunmen on Friday, March 12, kidnapped many male and female students of the federal college.
The tragedy was first confirmed by the state's commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Aruwan.
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