Five rescued students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna State released by bandits have been reunited with their families.
The students were among the 39 students abducted from their school in Afaka area of the state on March 11.
They were recovered by the military on Monday, shortly after they were released by their captors and were taken to the hospital for treatment.
They freed students were certified medically fit and reunited with their families on Wednesday.
One of the released students, Francis Paul, who spoke in the viral video in which he pleaded with the government to pay ransom for their release, recounted how they were kidnapped from their school.
“I am one of the students abducted by bandits on March 11, 2021. We were taken from the hostel. The bandits came and woke us from our sleep and took us out of the compound. They told us to lie on the ground.
“After they asked us to lie down on the ground, they took us through where they broke the fence with digger outside the school. It was when they took us through the fence out of the hostel that we saw many of them outside with bikes. It was from there that they took us from one place to another”, he said.
Speaking on the viral video released by the bandits shortly after their abduction, Paul added:
“The video was really true. They were flogging us just because they wanted us to talk about the money they want from the government.
“They said if they see that they are flogging us the government will be serious to send the money to then. No one was raped”.
On how the five of them were released, Paul stated:
“We were just on the roll in the afternoon, some of the bandits just came and started selecting us and by that time, I was very ill and they asked me to sit up and that I should get up and then selected other female students.
“They put us on the bike and dropped us on a nearby village close to the main road and asked us that when we went to the main road we should ask of a particular village.
“I feel happy that I am released but whenever I think about my colleagues, I don’t really feel happy because being there is not fun, being there is not nice.
“We are just praying to God that God should just release us from that place because those people don’t really know God. They didn’t treat us like people who know God.”