“Kaduna school abduction: Bandits released us on their own will” – Freed student debunks Army’s claim

One of the abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Mando, Kaduna State, has narrated how they were released from captivity.

Recall that the Nigerian Army had claimed that its troops “recovered five of the students” who spent over three weeks in captivity.

In a statement it issued on Tuesday, the  Army Spokesman,  Brig. Gen. Yerima Mohammed, unveiled the identities of the “recovered students”, and showered encomiums on the troops.

“The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention in a military facility in Kaduna. The GOC 1 Division, Maj-Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for their effort and charged them not to rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families,” he had said, while giving the impression that the military rescued the students.

But speaking shortly after the freed victims were reunited with their families yesterday,  a 200-Level Student of Agriculture Technology at the institution, Francis Paul, said the bandits released them voluntarily.

“One afternoon, they (the bandits) came and started selecting us… I was very ill that day. So, they asked me to sit aside and they added some girls and put us on motorbikes. They dropped us at a village close to the main road and said we should walk towards the road and we did”,  he narrated.

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