Photos: Parants of abducted Afaka Students protest at NASS

Parents of the abducted students of College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State have protested at the National Assembly.

Armed with placards with various inscriptions, the emotionally down parents said they can no longer keep quiet and allowed their children suffer in the kidnappers’ den.

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The called on the lawmakers to ensure their children are released unhurt.

Gunmen had in March abducted more than 300 students and staff from the Federal Government College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, before security agencies secured the release of more than three hundred of them.

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\The abductors stormed the school around 9:30 p.m. (2030 GMT), shooting indiscriminately before taking students.

The Kaduna college was said to have some 300 male and female students, mostly aged 17 and older, at the time of the attack.

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Confirming the incident, Kaduna state commissioner for internal security Samuel Aruwan said 39 of the students were missing while the army was able to rescue 180 people after a battle with the gunmen.

“Further checks in the wake of the attack by armed bandits … indicate that 39 students are currently unaccounted for,” including 23 females and 16 males, Aruwan said in a statement late Friday.

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He had initially said 30 students were unaccounted for.

 

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