Kaduna: Freed Afaka Students Reunite With Family Members (photos)

Students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, have been reunited with their families.

The students, who had earlier been taken for a medical check-up by the state government, were reunited with their family members on Friday.

Reacting to the incident, parents of the abducted students urged the federal government to ensure the provision of proper rehabilitation for their children.

In a statement on Thursday, jointly signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the forum of affected parents, Abdullahi Usman and Catherine Saleh, they said the federal government needs to pursue a safe schooling agenda that will provide a secure learning environment.

“The journey is not yet over because our children will definitely require rehabilitation to overcome the trauma that accompanies such ugly experiences,” the statement said.

“We call on the government to get more serious and aggressively pursue safe schooling as a pertinent agenda so as to give parents the confidence to send their children to school, because if the schools remain as porous as they now are, many may not find it worth the trouble to enroll their children in schools anymore.”

The students were abducted when gunmen attacked their school on March 12.

Although 39 of them were kidnapped during the attack, 10 of the students were earlier released. However, the remaining students were released on Wednesday — after seven weeks in captivity.

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