The Kaduna State government declared it has rescued 172 students from the just reported attack on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Igabi LGA.
The state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs disclosed this in a statement today, adding that over eight staff were also freed from the bandits making it 180 citizens rescued from the attack.
It was learnt that the school is located opposite the Nigeria Defense Academy (NDA) perimeter fence. Also included in the statement, Samuel Aruwan, said his ministry received a distress call and alerted the 1 Division Nigerian Army and the Air Training Command of the Nigerian Air Force.
According to him, “Troops of the Nigerian Army 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 number had attacked the institution at around 11:30pm 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 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,” Daily Trust quoted him saying.
Further speaking the CP stated that some of the rescued students were badly injured and presently receiving medical attention at a military facility.
Samuel Aruwan added that the state Governor Nasir El-Rufai had commended the troops for their swift response and had thanked them for the rescue of the 180 citizens while wishing the injured students a speedy recovery.
Also included in the statement, Aruwan noted that a combined team of Army, Air Force, Police and DSS troops are conducting an operation to track the missing students.