Since December 2020, over 1,000 college students in colleges in Northern Nigeria have been kidnapped by gunmen from their college domitories, a report by BBC News stated.
In a latest documentary titled, ‘Children for ransom’, the BBC News X-rays the trauma of abductions of schoolchildren on the victims and their mother and father.
The wave of abductions has devastating penalties for the nation, which already has the best variety of youngsters out of schooling wherever on the planet, it stated.
Bandits had in March invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka within the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state and kidnapped 39 college students comprising 23 females and 16 males.
The abductors stormed the faculty on the stated date, taking pictures indiscriminately earlier than taking college students.
A video of the hostages was shared on social media. This spurred mother and father to organise a protest, urging the state and federal governments to safe the discharge of their wards despite authorities’s stance that no ransom could be paid.
The mother and father have been seen on a video screaming, ‘Free Afaka 39’ however the Kaduna state authorities had expressed perception that paying ransom was merely fuelling the rising enterprise of banditry.
The Kaduna State authorities, nonetheless, in the course of the interval reiterated its stance on negotiations with bandits.
The state governor, Nasir El-Rufai stated, “The only way to end kidnapping is for society to take a stand and that we will not pay. I know the pain of losing children but I have to subordinate that to the overall interest of the society which elected me to provide leadership. I commiserate with their parents, I sympathise with them but that will not change our stand.”
In a press release issued by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the state authorities promised to prosecute anybody discovered negotiating with bandits.
But, the daddy of one of many affected pupils, Friday Sani, stated he would quite be arrested in his bid to safe the discharge of his youngsters than enable them stay in captivity underneath gunmen.
He instructed the BBC, “My children are in the bush pointed to with AK-47 but I am here in the house. If I am under the detention of the state government, I don’t think there would be any policeman or soldier that will point a gun to me. I will be safer in the hand of the government more than my children in the hand of the bandits. I feel that I should be arrested, it will make me create more history.”
On May 5, about 27 college students kidnapped from the faculty in Afaka have been launched by their abductors, Sani’s daughters, Rejoice and Victory, have been amongst them.
Victory Sani stated, “It was hell to be there, very terrible, sleeping outside, seeing dangerous insects, scorpions and snakes around.”
Rejoice Sani stated, “One of the hardest things being around those people was waking up every day to see gunmen above your head.”
When asked if they will want to continue with their education, Victory said, “Yes, definitely, I’ll continue.”
Rejoice alternatively stated she would additionally like to proceed her schooling however not on the college.