The Nigeria Military has rescued 172 students and eight members of staff of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna who were abducted from their school in the early hours of Friday.
Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed who disclosed this via a statement issued on Friday said about 30 students are still unaccounted for.
The commissioner stated that some of the rescued students who were injured are currently receiving treatment at a military facility.
Recall Eons Intelligence reported that armed bandits invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna and abducted a large number of students.
Read below the full statement issued by the Kaduna State government:
180 rescued, several students missing following the attack at Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA
Troops of the Nigerian Army in the early hours of today, Friday, 12th March 2021 rescued 180 citizens, many of them students, at the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.
The armed bandits in large numbers had attacked the institution at around 11:30 pm on Thursday and kidnapped several students and staff.
The armed bandits broke into the institution by breaching a perimeter fence. They then encroached about 600 meters to attack the first facility.
The Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs on receiving a distress call, alerted the 1 Division Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force.
Troops of the Nigerian Army immediately moved to the school and engaged the armed bandits accordingly.
The troops successfully rescued 180 citizens; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. However, about 30 students, a mix of males and females, are yet to be accounted for. Some of the rescued students were injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.
Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops for their swift response and the rescue of the 180 citizens. He also wished the injured students a speedy recovery.
As at the time of this update, a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the missing students.