Mechanization Afaka in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state have
vowed to go ahead with negotiation with the bandits to secure the
release of their children irrespective of the stand of the state
government against doing so.
The Kaduna State government earlier on Sunday vowed to prosecute anyone
caught negotiating with bandits on its behalf, maintaining the earlier
position that it will not pay any ransom or negotiate the bandits, but
wipe them out.
In reaction to this warning by the state government, Chairman of Afaka
parents Association, Samuel Kambai on Monday said the parents will do
anything possible to get the children out of captivity including
negotiating with the bandits no matter the consequences.
“We are appealing to the government to look at it critically and help us
out. Today is the 25th day that these children have been in the bush and
the government by their statement; are showing less concern over the
“We are going to look for a way to negotiate for the life of our
children. We are not going to allow our children to continue being in
the bush. We will do everything humanly possible to get them back even
if we will be killed,” Sani said.
Kambai said this during a meeting at the College Premises by parents of
the abducted college students.
Also, Friday Sani, whose two children were among the abducted students,
faulted the Kaduna State government for issuing such a warning, noting
that such a statement by the government is capable of jeopardizing the
release of the abducted students.
Sani, who is also the secretary of the Afaka parents association said
the government has failed to fulfill their promises on securing the
release of their children.
“We were confident that this Easter, we will celebrate it with our
children but they are just relaxed.
“The promise they gave us when we met with them is not what we are
seeing,” Sani said.
This comes 25 days that the 39 students of the Federal College of
Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Igabi local government area of Kaduna
state were abducted from their hostels by bandits dressed in military