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#Afaka Abduction: Police Arrest Terror Masterminds In Northwest Nigeria

On March 11, a terror group attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, abducting 37 students of the school.

The Kaduna State Police Command said it has arrested some terrorists suspected to be behind the abduction of 37 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in the northwestern state.

Mohammed Jalige, the Kaduna Police Spokesperson who confirmed the arrest on Thursday told HumAngle that the arrest took place in the early hours of Tuesday 31, Aug. 2021  but  declined to give details, saying an investigation was still ongoing.

“Yes, we have made some arrests, but I can’t give you any details now, all I can say is that the suspects are undergoing investigation and once we are done we will issue a statement,” Jalinge said.

On March 11, a terror group attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, abducting 37 students of the school. The abductors had demanded N500 million as a ransom for their release.

Following the series of abductions in the state, Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of  the state vowed not to pay any ransom to secure the release of any students.

The students were eventually released in two batches after spending 55 days in captivity, and about N15 million was paid as ransom to secure their release. Ten of the students were initially released after their family paid ransom for their release.

Terrorists have made Kaduna a fertile ground for attacks on schools and abduction of students for ransome.

Abducted students of Greenfield University in the state were released after their parents paid N180 million ransom while in Aug. terrorists released abducted students of Bethel Baptist school after spending 52 days in captivity. About N74 million was reportedly paid by their parents as ransom to the terrorists. 

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