The 27 students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation Afaka in Kaduna state have finally regained freedom after 56 gruelling days in captivity.
The Chairman of the forum of the abducted parents, Abdullahi Usman, confirmed their release to newsmen on Wednesday.
According to reports, the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
On March 11, 2021, bandits invaded the school located in Afaka along the Kaduna International Airport Road and abducted 39 students. After payment of ransom by parents and school management, the bandits only released 10 of the victims.
The abductors had initially demanded a N500 million ransom from the Kaduna State Government but Governor Nasir El-Rufai ruled out the option of negotiation, saying bandits deserve to be killed.
Recall that parents of the students had on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly in Abuja to protest the continued abduction of their children and the government’s apparent indifference.