According to a report by SaharaReporters, the five rescued students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna State, among a complete 39 abducted in March are identified.
The five, who were rescued on Sunday, are Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf and Maryam Danladi.
The Nigerian Army disclosed their names on Wednesday morning, saying they were rescued by troops of 1 Division on Monday, April 5.
The students were among a complete 39 abducted when the bandits attacked the school on March 11.
The Director, Army PR, Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima, during a release, stated, “The rescued students are Abubakar Yakubu, Francis Paul, Obadiya Habakkuk, Amina Yusuf, and Maryam Danladi.
“The rescued students are currently receiving medical attention during a military facility in Kaduna.
“The GOC 1 Division, Maj Gen DH Ali-Keffi has commended the troops for his or her effort and charged them to not rest on their oars until all kidnap victims are rescued and returned to their families.”
The Kaduna government had on Sunday announced the rescue of 5 of the 39 students kidnapped.
A statement by the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated that the scholars were rescued by security operatives in Kaduna, on Monday, and were at a military clinic within the city receiving treatment.
“The Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna government that five of the various kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are present during a military facility where they’re undergoing a radical medical check-up.
“The Kaduna government will provide updates on further operational feedback to be received on this case. The 39 college students were abducted by bandits from the institution in March.
“While the Kaduna government has insisted it might neither negotiate with the abductors nor pay them ransom, parents of the kidnapped students are appealing to the govt to reconsider the position within the interest of the scholars,” he had stated.