Kaduna Forestry School abduction: How bandits selected 5 of us for release –

The abducted students

One of the 39 students kidnapped from the Federal College and Mechanisation, Mando, of Forestry, Igabi Kaduna, Francis Paul, has provided insight into how five of them were selected for release.

It is about two months after their abduction, with their relatives nd other stakeholders getting more nervous.

Kaduna State Government has, however, vowed not to pay any ransom on them.

According to Francis, the five were picked at random although he had been sick.

He recalled: “We were just on the roll in the afternoon, some of them (bandits) just came and started selecting us and by that time, I am very ill and they asked me to sit up and that I should get up and then selected other female students. They put us on the bike and dropped us on a nearby village close to the main road and told us that when we get to the main road we should ask of a particular village.”

Paul, who is a 200 level undergraduate of Agricultural Technology of the college, also narrated their ordeal in the kidnappers’ den.

He said, “It was on the 11th of March that we were taken from the hostel. The bandits came and woke us from our sleep and took us out of the compound. They told us to lay on the ground.

“After they asked us to lay down on the ground, they took us through where they broke the fence with digger outside the school.

“It was when they took us through the fence out of the hostel that we saw many of them outside with bikes. It was from there that they took us from one place to another.

“I feel happy that I am released but whenever I think about my colleagues, I don’t really feel happy because being there is no fun, being there is not nice.

“We are just praying to God that God should just release us from that place because those people don’t really know God. They don’t treat us like people who know God.”


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