Parents of the abducted students of College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka, Kaduna State, protested the attitude of authority in securing release of their wards at the National Assembly
Parents of the abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Kaduna State have taken to the National Assembly complex, Abuja, to register their grievances.
Accompanied by members of the Students Union Government (SUG) of the institution, the parents frowned at what they described as negligence of the state and Federal Government in securing the release of the children.
They chanted songs of solidarity and displayed placards demanding prompt action from the Nigerian government.
“Education is our right! Safety is our right! Freedom is our right!, Free Afaka 29! ” the parents and students chanted as they marched to the National Assembly.
Recall that around at 9:30pm on 11th March 2021, thirty-nine students were abducted from their hostels in the college.
The college is located on the outskirts of Kaduna city near the Nigerian Defence Academy.
The terrorists entered the school by making a hole in the compound’s perimeter wall.
Ten students have so far been released in two batches of five each.
In a related development, Sani Jalingo, the leader of the terrorist gang who kidnapped 22 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, has threatened to kill the remaining students in their custody today.
The terrorist gang leader issued the threat while speaking with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America adding that the remaining students will be killed if the Kaduna State Government or the students’ family fail to pay the money demanded by Tuesday.
He confirmed that 17 of the abducted students, including 15 females and two males are in their custody – after five of the students were killed.
He insisted that if the money (N100m) and the items (motorcycles) demanded were not provided on Tuesday, trucks would be used to evacuate the lifeless bodies of the remaining students.
Jalingo also confirmed that the families of the remaining students had so far paid N55 million to them.
Recall that at 8:15 pm local time on 20 April 2021, 22 students including a staff were abducted from the privately-owned university located along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Chikun LGA.
The Greenfield University kidnapping is Nigeria’s fourth kidnapping from an academic institution in 2021, and the fifth since December 2020, coming five weeks and six days after the Afaka kidnapping, in which 39 students were abducted.
Following the kidnap of the students and a staff of the school, the bandits had made contact with the parents and demanded N800 million but now demand N100 million and ten motorcycles as ransom for the release of the students.