Nigerian army recovers 5 of 39 abducted Kaduna college of forestry students
The Nigerian military has recovered five of the 39 abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna, according to the state government.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said in a statement on Monday in Kaduna that the five students were recovered by the military in the afternoon and were taken to a military facility for thorough medical check-up.
“Nigerian military has informed the Kaduna State Government that five of the many kidnapped students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna were recovered this afternoon and are presently in a military facility where they are undergoing a thorough medical check-up.
“The Kaduna State Government will provide updates on further operational feedback to be received on this case,” Aruwan said in the statement.
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The statement did not give further details on how the students were recovered.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai said the only way to end banditry in the state and other part of the north is for the military to intensify its operations both from the air or on the ground.
“We believe that the solution to this problem is to intensify military operations from the air or the ground and wipe all of them out. We do not think any bandit deserves to live,” the governor said.
The governor said the only option in a civilised society to deal with criminals was to apply the full weight of the law.
“There is no civilised society that can sit back when its sovereignty is challenged, when its monopoly of coercive power is challenged. The first thing to do is to wipe these bandits out. This is war, we must fight them to the end. We must wipe them out. That is the first order of business.
“When you wipe out 95 percent of them and if five percent are ready to repent and go back to normal civilian life, then we can talk but you don’t talk to criminals the moment they start. There is no other option. There is no society that sits and negotiates with criminals, nowhere in the world. You are empowering them, you are emboldening them,” El-Rufai said.