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Madaki Zungeru, two wives kidnapped in Niger

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Parents of ‘Afaka 27’ threaten to sue FG
Bandits, at the weekend, stormed Zungeru town in Wushishi Local Council of Niger State and abducted the Madaki of Zungeru, Alhaji Mustapha Al Mustapha, and his two wives, at his residence in Zungeru, Niger State.

A witness disclosed to The Guardian that the bandits attacked Zungeru town about 1.00 a.m. yesterday.

It was gathered that the bandits shot sporadically, entered the residence of the traditional ruler, and kidnapped him alongside his two wives.

The Chairman of Wushishi Local Council, Alhaji Suleiman Nalango, also confirmed the attack and abduction of the Madaki and his wives.

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He described the attack as barbaric and inhuman, calling on relevant authorities to help the local council, as attack and abduction of innocent residents had become frequent.

FOLLOWING the release of students of Federal College of Forestry, Afaka, Kaduna State, their parents have threatened legal action against the Federal Government for abandoning the children in their psychological trauma.

Since their release by the bandits, some of the students were said to have demonstrated abnormal behaviour as a result of the trauma.

The aggrieved Parents’ Forum Chairman, Abdullahi Usman, in a statement yesterday, lamented that since the release of the last batch of 27 Afaka students by the bandits, many of them had been traumatised, without the Federal Ministry of Environment, which is overseeing the affairs of the college, showing any concern about the health challenges of the students.

Usman recalled that on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, the remaining 27 of the 39 abducted students were released.

He also stated that two of the 39 abducted students escaped soon after the abduction on the night of March 11, 2021, while 10 were released in two batches of five each on April 5 and 7 respectively.

According to Usman, the release of the 27 on May 5, following unquantifiable efforts by their parents, who suffered excruciating hardships and trauma, resulting in the death of a parent, was greeted with global applause and cheers.

However, he explained: “The release of the students ignited hopes that they would immediately be made to go through the necessary medical check to ensure their soundness of health, especially to heal them of all terror-inflicted trauma that could negatively affect their normal living.

“The parents of the students had expected the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) to immediately set a process in motion for such necessary check and compensation to assuage all negative effects of terror they and the children severely suffered.”

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