…30 Students Still Missing
The Kaduna State government has siad that 172 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Mando, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been rescued from bandits, who abducted then overnight.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement said that eight members of staff were also freed from the bandits.
The commissioner, however, added that 30 students are still unaccounted for.
The students were abducted when the gunmen invaded the school in Afaka town, in the early hours of Friday.
Most affected by the abduction were female students, as their male counterparts were not taken away.
Aruwan said that the gunmen arrived in large number and broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence.
He siad, “They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.”
The state 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.
He added, “Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly.
“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.
“Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.”
The commissioner also quoted the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, as thanking the troops for their “swift response.”