- Parents of the abducted students of College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna, have embarked on a protest
- The parents marched to the National Assembly in Abuja to table their grievances before the federal lawmakers on Tuesday, May 4
- The Kaduna state government and the FG are being accused of not doing enough to secure the students' release
Parents of the abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Kaduna state, staged a protest at the National Assembly complex in Abuja on Tuesday, May 4.
The protesters registered their grievance over what they described as the negligence of the state and federal governments in securing the release of their children, Channels TV reported.
Legit.ng gathers they chanted songs of solidarity and displayed placards demanding prompt rescue of the students.
The parents who were joined by members of the Students Union Government of the institution chanted as they marched to the National Assembly.
The protesters had earlier gathered at the Unity Fountain before proceeding to the National Assembly complex.
The main entrance of the National Assembly was, however, manned by security agents who denied the protesters entrance, The Nation also reported.
Legit.ng recalls that armed bandits stormed the Kaduna school in March and kidnapped 39 students.
Ten of the students were released in two batches of five each but 29 others have remained in captivity.
Lincoln commented on Facebook:
"President Buhari. This is the #OneNigeria you took oath of office to protect. Oh sorrow pain and agony you have brought upon this Nation.
"Please focus on the root cause of the nation's unrest in every region to proffer lasting solution to this menace."
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"Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai shouldn't be too unbending, and consider lives that are at stake here. He should pay the ransom and get the innocent children out of the captive. #100m is too small compared to what they lavish on election campaigns.
"After all they started this whole game, knowing what they should have done to curb this insecurities (banditry, kidnapping, and other evil acts), but all act as if they are not in this country. El-Rufai should do the needful and stop politicizing innocent lives. This is total wickedness to humanity."
Victor Shishe said:
"This NASS is toothless, nothing will come out of the protest. The protesters can even be tagged as terrorists. Make dem go home go lick their wound. This is the result of a bad govt and failed state. APC ------ Change. Indeed, change has come."
In another disturbing development, the bandits who abducted some students from a private university in Kaduna have threatened to kill the remaining 17 in their custody if their demands are not met. They had earlier killed five of their victims.
The criminals are asking for a ransom of N100 million as well as 10 brand Honda motorcycles.