The Nigerian Army has said it did not recover five out of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna.
Muhammed Yerima, Director of Army Public Relations, made the clarification in an interview on Tuesday.
Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, had in a statement on Monday said the state government was informed by the military of the said recovery, noting that the released students are at a military facility where they were undergoing a thorough medical examination.
However, Yerima, a Brigader-General, said he never authored any press statement to that effect, noting that if such communication was made from the Nigerian military, it would be from his office.
He urged the state government to specify which branch of the military informed it of the said rescue of the students.
“I am not aware of such report, I did not send anything of such to anyone. If they quoted the Nigerian military, they should say who, but I did not send out such information,” Yerima told the International Centre for Investigative Reporting.
Some unidentified gunmen had on the night of March 11, 2021, stormed the school dormitories and carried out mass adoptions of which 180 students escaped during the raid and about 39 of the students were officially adopted.
The state government has stated that it will pay a ransom for the release of kidnapped persons in the state.