By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Kaduna State government on Wednesday handed over five of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka to their parents, saying that they have undergone thorough medical checks, preliminary psychological evaluation and certified physically and mentally stable.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, gave names of the students as Francis Paul, Maryam Danladi, Abubakar Yakubu, Amina Yusuf and Obadiah Habakkuk.
He said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai has directed the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development and State Emergency Management Agency to offer direct support with the management of the students.
Aruwan said: “The students have undergone thorough medical checks and preliminary psychological evaluation at a Military facility, and have been certified physically and mentally stable. However, there is the need for post-trauma evaluation.
“It is in that light that the Kaduna State government is handing them over to their parents.
“Upon their retrieval, Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai immediately directed the State Emergency Management Agency and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development to offer direct support with the management of the students.
“Food, clothing and other immediate essentials were provided to the students, and they were housed at a shelter for debriefing.
“The Kaduna State government’s empathy with the families and loved ones of all the hostages are as important and deep-rooted as its obligation not to provide incentives for criminality.”