Mother and father of the 39 kidnapped college students of Federal Faculty of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Igabi Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State in the present day March 21, blocked the Mando -Kaduna Airport Highway resulting in the college as they demanded pressing authorities intervention for the secure return of their youngsters.
The scholars had been on March 11 kidnapped by bandits who invaded the college premises. A viral video was launched final Saturday the place the scholars had been seen crying and interesting to the federal government to pay the N500 million demanded by the bandits as ransom for his or her launch.
On the protest in the present day, the aggrieved mother and father stated neither the college authority nor the federal government had briefed them of efforts to rescue their youngsters. They stated the silence of the authorities involved isn’t any longer acceptable. They gave the federal government a 48-hour ultimatum for them to rescue their youngsters.
Chairman of the Mother and father of the 39 kidnapped college students, Mr. Friday Sani, who learn out the textual content of the press convention to newsmen, stated
“We’ve referred to as this press convention to deal with the world on the excruciatingly painful improvement surrounding the kidnap of 39 of our little children, college students of the Federal Faculty of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi Native Authorities Space, Kaduna, Nigeria.
You’d recall that on the night time of 11th March, 2021, gunmen invaded the Federal Faculty of Forestry Mechanisation, and forcefully kidnapped 39 college students of the Establishment at gun level – 23 of them are feminine college students whereas 16 are male. A number of others sustained various levels of accidents whereas operating for his or her pricey lives.
The bandits had a discipline day on the night time of seize and for over an hour carried out their nefarious exercise largely unchallenged till the army got here after three batches of scholars had been taken out of the school via the perimeter fence.
Not a single one of many 39 kidnapped college students has been rescued. We’ve put our belief within the authorities and faculty authority to rescue the scholars in good time and safely, however that has not occurred.
It’s now 12 darkish dreary days for the reason that unlucky incident occurred and we as mother and father haven’t acquired any optimistic message from both the college administration, the Minister of Setting below whose ministry the college is or the Kaduna State Authorities below whose territorial jurisdiction the college is situated. This silence is unacceptable because it solely feeds our hopelessness with every passing day.”
We’ve due to this fact referred to as for this press convention to name the eye of Authorities at State and Federal ranges and all stakeholders concerned, and certainly the world, to behave with dispatch to make sure the rapid and secure launch of our kids.
We’ve seen this type of ugly occasion occur in Katsina, Zamfara and Niger states and swiftly the governments acted and ensured the secure and well timed rescue of the victims, so why is the case of the Afaka 39 completely different? Why ought to our harmless youngsters pay for the failure of presidency to offer safety of life and property? Or is it now a criminal offense to hunt training in colleges?
Allow us to not neglect that the scholars had been taken in dangerous form – some had been barely protecting themselves, particularly the women. It is a harmful factor and may have made the federal government to behave quicker.
We don’t suppose sufficient is being finished. Certainly, the failure, negligence or refusal of the federal government to maintain us within the loop as regards the measures they’re taking in addition to subsequent kidnap of scholars in Kaduna state has heightened our anxiousness on the protection of our kids.
We’re by this press convention demanding that the Authorities rescues our kids by all means and inside 48 hours in order that the method of their rehabilitation can start as a result of the longer they keep in captivity the more severe off.
We additionally name on the Human Rights Organizations, NGOs, NBA, ASUU, the United Nations, and all properly that means Nigerians and residents of the world, to rise along with us and prevail on the authorities to make sure the speedy rescue of the Afaka 39. Except that’s finished, we are going to proceed to carry the toes of the authorities to the hearth till our kids return safely.”