By our reporter| The father of one of the 39 abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Kaduna, is dead.
The deceased, identified as Ibrahim Shamaki, died after a brief illness on Friday evening.
It was gathered that late Ibrahim fell ill after he received the news of his daughter’s abduction.
Ibrahim was the father of Fatima Shamaki, one of the girls with hijab seen in the video that was released by bandits who invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in the Afaka area of the state.
According to family sources, late Shamaki died of a heart attack after he fell ill shortly after the news of his daughter’s abduction was broken to him.
“Yes he died at Maradi, Niger Republic, and his body will be returned to Nigeria tomorrow, God willing. He was rushed to the hospital a week ago after his health worsened due to the abduction of his daughter,” the source said.
He was said to have died while his relatives were about to take him to a hospital for further medical treatment.
The news of Ibrahim’s death broke hours after the state government met with representatives of the grieving parents of the missing students at the Government House in the state capital.
This comes as Fatima Shamaki and the other abducted students prepare to spend their 15th night in the captivity of the bandits.
A day after the incident, the bandits released a video in which the abducted students were seen being beaten as they pleaded with the government to rescue them.
While the parents of the missing students called for their release, the state government has ruled out the option of negotiating with bandits.