Kaduna handed over the five released students to their parents.
According to The PUNCH, the Kaduna state government on Thursday brought five of the 39 kidnapped students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Mando, to the Igabi local government area of the state, liberated by the militants to their parents.
On Thursday evening, March 11, 2021, gangsters in large numbers raided a school located opposite the Nigeria Defense Academy on the way from Kaduna International Airport and kidnapped 39 students.
Some of the students were in their nightgowns in a viral video released by the gunmen on Saturday following their abduction.
Handing over the five students to their parents, Sir Kashim Ibrahim’s Government House, Kaduna, State Commissioner for Homeland Security and Internal Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said that the five released students had undergone medical examinations. a thorough medical examination at a state military facility.
Aruvan said the government has also instructed the State Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Human Development and Welfare to provide direct support to the released students.
The Commissioner named five students who have regained their freedom, such as Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danlady.
He noted that the state is saddened by the plight of the abducted students and is not going to stop there until the remaining students are released.
The Commissioner said: “The following students have been transferred to their parents; Francis Paul, Maryam Dunlady, Abubakar Yakubu, Amina Yusuf and Obadiya Awakum
“These students underwent a thorough medical examination and preliminary psychological examination at a military facility, and were certified physically and mentally stable. However, there is clearly a need for post-traumatic assessment.
“It is in this light that the Kaduna State government passes them on to their parents.
“After their recovery, Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai immediately ordered the State Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development to provide direct support for student management.
“The students were provided with food, clothing and other basic necessities, which were placed at the shelter for debriefing.
“The Kaduna State government’s empathy for the families and loved ones of all the hostages is as important and ingrained as its commitment not to create incentives to commit crimes.
“The Kaduna State Government deeply shares the pain and suffering endured by the parents and families of all hostages during this difficult time. As such, the government will continue to work towards the safe return of captive students.
“The Governor stressed that the government, parents, students, school leaders and all Nigerians have a common goal, which is that all students, and indeed all those in captivity returning home, work hard to overcome this. General asymmetry threatens the Grace of God, we will do it.
“I also want to encourage the parents of the remaining students to stay strong. The government and security services are patiently and relentlessly working to free the students and all the kidnapped people.
“It is on this note that we officially hand the students over to their parents,” he said.
On behalf of the other parents, one of the parents of the freed disciples, Mr. Caleb Waziri, expressed gratitude to God that their children were freed by the bandits, hoping and praying that the remaining 34 disciples would soon find their freedom again.
For his part, Hafsat Muhammad Baba, State Commissioner of the Ministry of Social Services and Social Development, who expressed his joy at the release of the five students, said that the state would currently place them (students) in custody for psychological support and advice. …
He added that the exempted students will receive adequate care from the state, adding that the state will withhold them due to stigma from the community.
She said, “We take them to our shelter because we have a special shelter for women, where they will receive psychological support and counseling, where they will have privacy.
“There is food there; there are also seating areas – television to watch so they can take their heart away from the trauma.
“We believe that providing this privacy will also help normalize them and bring them back to life. When they leave our hideout, they can stay there as long as they want. We have no problem with that. If they want to stay for a month or until they fully recover, that’s okay.
“They will be properly looked after by the Kaduna State government so that when they come out they will be normal themselves. We would also like to leave them there because of the stigma within the community. “