- The parents of the Kaduna college students recently released by bandits have demanded compensation from the government
- According to them, the monetary compensation will be used to treat their kids who are reportedly exhibiting strange behaviour
- The parents blamed the development on the lack of proper medical checkup after their release and threatened to go to court if their demand is not granted
Afaka, Kaduna state - Parents of the 37 released students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, have expressed disturbing concerns over the health status of their kids.
The Nation reported that the parents accused the Ministry of Environment and the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) which supervise the college of failing to ensure proper rehabilitation of the students following their release.
The parents under the aegis of Forum of the Afaka Students’ Parents said most of the students have been exhibiting some abnormal psychological behaviour due to a lack of proper medical checkup and trauma counselling necessary for their rehabilitation.
Abdullahi Usman, the forum's chairman, said the ministry and FRIN never carried out any medical check on the freed students.
The parents are now demanding compensation from the federal government to treat the abnormal psychological behaviour being exhibited by the children, Thisday reported.
Legit.ng recalls that 39 students were abducted when bandits invaded their college on the night of Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Two of the students escaped while they were being whisked into the forest. Ten of them were released in two batches of five while the remaining 27 regained freedom on Wednesday, May 5.
The parents threatened to drag the federal government and the agencies in charge of the school to court if they fail to provide the compensation.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a prominent Islamic cleric, spoke on the release of 37 abducted students.
The Islamic scholar insisted that the only way to end kidnapping and other criminal activities across the country is by negotiating with bandits.
Gumi made this known while speaking at the reception he organised to meet the released college students. According to the renowned Islamic scholar, the government at all levels have to dialogue with the bandits, adding that they were showing readiness for engagement.