29 Nigerian students released two months after being kidnapped

Kaduna, Nigeria-The kidnapper released the remaining 29 students detained on Wednesday, about two months after being kidnapped by the Forestry University in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Gammen took 39 students from the Federal Forest Mechanization University in northwestern Nigeria on March 11, and previously released 10 of them. The newly released students arrived at the police headquarters in Kaduna City on Wednesday night and wore weak, abandoned, dirty and torn clothes.

One female student could not walk alone and was taken to the building, and the other female student was rushed to the hospital.

Police did not allow journalists to talk to students.

Ransom kidnappings flooded the volatile areas, and since December more than 700 people have been kidnapped from schools in northwestern Nigeria.

Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has repeatedly stated that the state government will not negotiate with “thieves” or pay ransoms because of the known criminal gangs.

Abdullahi Usman, president of the Parents’ Association, said the ransom was paid for the release of the student, but did not reveal who paid or how much.

Sani on Friday, the father of the two kidnapped girls, said police had not yet allowed her parents to see them. While waiting, he worried about the fate of his daughters’ joy (17 years old) and victory (19 years old).

“We pray that it is all of them,” he said.

Parents of abducted Federal Forestry Mechanized University students attend a meeting in Kaduna
Parents of abducted Federal Forestry Mechanization University students will attend a conference in Kaduna, Nigeria, on April 28, 2021. (AfolabiSotunde / Reuters)

President Muhammadu Buhari issued a statement welcoming the release of 27 students. His office did not answer questions about number discrepancies.

Kaduna police spokesman Mohammed Jalige said all the remaining students had been released and would undergo a medical examination before being released on Thursday.

In a statement, Kaduna’s internal security commissioner, Samuel Alwan, said the government was pleased with the liberated students and said, “We will put the past behind and work hard for a happier and more successful future. I called for “to do”.

He did not comment on whether the ransom was paid.

Galva Muhammad