Parents of abducted students plead with El-Rufai to negotiate the release of their wards.


Parents of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in the Mando Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have appealed to Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state to negotiate with the bandits over the release of their wards.

The parents have expressed worry that over two weeks after their children were kidnapped by gunmen who stormed their hostels, the students were yet to be released.

Ekocitymagazine had reported how bandits attacked the school on March 12 and kidnapped over 100 students but 39 are still yet to be freed.

The gunmen later released a video and demanded N500 million to free the students.

Security forces had also said they rescued 180 of the abductees but 39 students are still in the den of the kidnappers.

However, speaking on Thursday, a staff member of the school and a representative of the affected parents, Sani Friday, said the parents are scared the bandits may kill their children if the government deploy force.

Sanni spoke while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme monitored by Ekocity Magazine.

In the same vein, one Mr Friday, who has two daughters among the students in captivity, appealed to the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to adjust his no-payment-of-ransom stance to facilitate the release of the students.

He said, “It is this state governor who sometimes ago told the entire Kaduna State that if it costs him to pay bandits to stop killing citizens of Kaduna State, he will pay them.

“Now, the state government came out even before the abduction of our students in the Federal College of Forestry that it is wrong to negotiate with bandits and that he is not going to negotiate.

“After that statement, this incident happened and it is based on that statement that the government is standing that it will not negotiate. But he (El-Rufai) made a statement before that he can do anything for the bandits to stop killing, so we want him to do something.

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