Seven weeks after their abduction, 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, Nigeria have been released, an official told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday evening.
The students are on their way to Kaduna, an official of the state government who does not want to be quoted told this newspaper.
The official noted that a press briefing will be held upon the arrival of the freed students.
The students were among the 37 abducted on March 11. Some of them were rescued earlier.
It is not immediately clear if the state government, which had insisted that it would not negotiate with the bandits or pay any ransom, rescinded on its stance to secure their release.
PREMIUM TIMES reported how parents of the kidnapped students protested the prolonged abduction of their wards at the National Assembly complex on Tuesday.
The freed students are separate from the 16 students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who have yet to be released with their abductors threatening mass killing if a ransom is not paid for them.