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Parents of Afaka students yet to meet children 24 hours after release

27 Afaka students arrive Kaduna police command yesterday
27 Afaka students arrive Kaduna police command yesterday

The 27 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna State, who were released from captivity on Wednesday, are yet to reunite with their parents, 24 hours after.

One of the parents, Helen Sunday, who confirmed this, said she has only spoken with her daughter, Sarah, on phone.

“I want to hug her because it has been a long time since I saw her,” she told Daily Trust.

“She called me while at the police headquarters after they were release and said she was fine, but I still want to see her.”

Widowed parent, Rabi’atu Zakari, burst into tears while speaking.

“God knows how to take care of His children because I came here to receive my son Mohammed Magaji Zakari who was released from the bandits,” she said.

“I also spoke with him today [Thursday] on phone when he called to tell me they are still in the hospital. I couldn’t explain my joy after hearing his voice.”

The students spent had 55 days in captivity before they were finally released after intense negotiations that saw the payment of N15million as ransom and the release of a bandit in exchange for their release.

Daily Trust observed that the parents assembled at the school premises on Thursday morning where they waited for hours to receive the children but were later told that they will reunite with their children on Friday.

A correspondent who visited the college saw the parents in groups, rejoicing and congratulating one another.

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