5 students of the School of forestry among the 39 has been “recovered” by the military. Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
I’mThe Commissioner did not state whether there was negotiation leading up to the release.
Bandits attacked the school located in Afaka, Igabi LGA of Kaduna on March 12, taking with them 39 students. Families of the kidnapped students had been at loggerheads with the Kaduna state government, vowing to negotiate the release of the children if the government was reluctant.
Aruwan said the five students have been taken to a military facility for a thorough medical check-up.
The statement read: “The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State Government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are presently in a military facility where they are undergoing a thorough medical check-up.
“The Kaduna State Government will provide updates on further operational feedback to be received on this case.”