The Nigerian Army has disclosed that soldiers have rescued five of the students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, who were kidnapped by bandits in March.
The army in a post on Facebook by its spokesperson, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, disclosed that the students were rescued on Monday, 5 April, by troops of 1 Division FCC.
According to the military, the rescued students are:
1. Abubakar Yakubu
2. Francis Paul
3. Obadiya Habakkuk
4. Amina Yusuf
5. Maryam Danladi.
It said the students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi, commended the troops for their effort.
He also charged them to ensure that the remaining abducted students are rescued and returned to their families.
Meanwhile, the Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has said that the state government would soon secure the freedom of the remaining abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in the Igabi local government area of the state.
Channels TV reported that El-Rufai stated this on Wednesday, April 7, while receiving five of the 39 students abducted by bandits who invaded the school on March 11.
El-Rufai, who was represented by the commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, assured that the remaining students and others still in captivity would be rescued in no distant time.
Nigeria's minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio is from the local government area which has witnessed series of attacks on security operatives in recent times.
The area has been under siege by unknown criminal elements who have in the past few weeks, carried out coordinated attacks on southeast and south-south states.
The Nation reported that the military began the bombardment of suspected enemy hideouts in the area on Tuesday, April 6.