The Nigerian Army has reacted to the abduction of 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, on Thursday night.
This news medium had reported how gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the school and abducted the students from their hostel around 11:30pm.
According to the state Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, 39 students were abducted by the bandits, while 180 other students were rescued by troops of the Nigerian Army from 1 Division.
In a statement on Friday, Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, said the government got intelligence that bandits were planning to attack a secondary school close to the forestry college.
He said troops were alerted immediately and they moved to the school. Yerima while troops were protecting the secondary school, bandits headed to the forestry college.
“Acting on a tip-off on the impending abduction of the school children, troops quickly mobilized to protect the school from the bandits.
“However, while the troops were securing the secondary school, another distress call came that bandits had stormed the Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of the state with aim of kidnapping the staff and students. The troops swiftly moved to Afaka and decisively engaged the armed bandits.
“The bandits were said to have broken into the institution by breaching the perimeter fence of the school.
“The rescued students have been evacuated to a safe place while the injured are presently receiving medical attention at a military facility,” he said.