John Shiklam in Kaduna
Another five of the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Kaduna are said to have been released.
The first five were released on Monday, bringing the total number of those released by the bandits to 10 while 29 are still in captivity.
On March 11, bandits invaded the school located along airport road Kaduna and abducted 39 students who have been in captivity.
One of the parents confirmed the release of the five students yesterday in Kaduna, saying the students were picked up by the police somewhere in Giwa Local Government Area of the state and were on their way to the city.
He said: “I can confirm that five more of our children have been released. Presently, we are waiting for them to come into Kaduna. I can confirm to you that they have already been picked by men of the Nigerian Police. We are yet to see them ourselves.
“As soon as they come in, they are going to be taken to the hospital for examination, but we are waiting to receive them first.”
Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command could, however, not confirm the release of the students.
But he said he missed a call from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Kidenda, LGA, noting that the DPO probably must have called to brief him on the development.
Jalige promised to get back as soon as he gets details on the development.
He was yet to get back at the time of filing this report.
The parents of the abducted students had at a press conference on Monday vowed to negotiate with the bandits for the release of their children, accusing the Kaduna State government of allegedly abandoning them.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai has maintained that he will not negotiate with nor pay ransom to bandits.