Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government says 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area were abducted by bandits.

The government had earlier in the day said 30 students were unaccounted for following the invasion of the school located close to the Nigerian foremost Nigerian military University, the Nigerian Defence Academy along the airport road.

Troops of the One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, rescued 180 of the students from the bandits who were said to have stormed the school in large numbers around 11:30pm Thursday.

The state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, in a late-night statement said checks indicated that 39 persons were missing from the school.

According to him, the 39 persons comprised of 23 female and 16 male students.

The commissioner said, “Further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA indicate that 39 students are currently unaccounted for. The missing students include males and females.

“In an earlier update, citizens were informed that troops rescued 180 persons following an attack by armed bandits on the College late Thursday night, with about 30 still missing. The number of missing students is now confirmed to be 39, comprising 23 females and 16 males.

“The Kaduna State Government is maintaining close communication with the management of the College as efforts are sustained by security agencies towards the tracking of the missing students.

“Citizens will continue to be informed of further developments.”

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