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#AfakaAbduction: Terrorists Release 5 More Students 

72 hours after five of the abducted students in Kaduna State were released by their abductors, another five have been reportedly freed

Terrorists have released another set of five  students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria abducted about a  month ago.

The terrorists, on March 12, abducted 39 students – 23 females and 16 males – when they invaded the school located in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The latest release comes 72 hours after the first five students were freed, bringing the total number to 10 while 29 more students are still in captivity.

According to a Daily Trust report,  four males and a female were found by police officers around Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

Citing a security source, the newspaper reported that  plans were underway for the transfer of the students to a police facility for treatment.

Kaduna State Government was yet to release an official statement as of press time. Ibrahim Musa, the spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai did not pick calls requesting for comment.

Also,  Mohammed Jalige, Kaduna State Police spokesperson could not be reached for comment as his line was unreachable as of press time.

On Monday, the Nigerian Army claimed its troop had recovered five students who were released.

Francis Paul, one of the earlier released students, had contradicted the Nigerian Army’s recovery claim, saying that the terrorists had selected five of them and dropped them off on a highway where the soldiers picked them up.

Earlier on Monday, distraught parents of the abducted students had demanded the terrorists negotiate with them for the release of their children.

It remained unclear whether the batch-by-batch release had anything to do with negotiation deals the parents had hinted.

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