UPDATED: 5 kidnapped students of Kaduna Forestry school found

Five of the kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna state have been found.

The five students are currently undergoing medical checks at a military facility.

The five students returned on Monday afternoon and were taken to a military medical facility for examination, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement.

“The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, 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,” the statement read.

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It will be recalled that thirty-nine students of the school were abducted by bandits who stormed the institution in an overnight raid on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Video footage shared on social media showed by the bandits a day after the raid showed roughly two dozen students begging for help in English and Hausa.

One of the students said the captors want a 500 million naira ransom.

“If anybody comes to rescue them without the money they are going to kill us,” a male student says in the video as a man with a gun stands behind him.

The Kaduna state government has ruled out negotiating with the bandits.

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