‘Our kids behaving strangely’

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of the 37 released students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, , have demanded compensation from the Federal Government for the ordeal their children passed through in the den of kidnappers.

Although they did state how much they needed from the government, they said the compensation would help them treat the abnormal psychological behaviour being exhibited by the children.

The the aegis of Forum of the Afaka Students’ , however, threatened to sue the Ministry of Environment and the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), which supervise the college, if their request is granted.

Thirty-nine students were abducted when bandits invaded their College close to Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) the night of March 11, 2021.

Two of the students escaped while they were being whisked into the forest. Ten of them were released in two batches of five April 5 and 7 while the remaining 27 regained freedom May 5.

In a yesterday by the forum chairman, Abdullahi Usman, the alleged that the ministry and FRIN never carried out any medical check the freed students.

The partly reads: “The release of the 27 on 5th May, following unquantifiable efforts by their parents, who suffered excruciating hardships and trauma, resulting in the death of a parent, was greeted with applause and cheers.

“The release of the students ignited hopes that they would immediately be made to go through the very 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 checkup and compensation to assuage all negative effects of terror they and the children severely suffered.

“However, one month after their release, most of the students have been exhibiting some abnormal psychological behaviours due to lack proper medical checkup and trauma counselling necessary for their .

“We, the parents, have received no inkling of hope from the Ministry or institute for any compensation over the psychological damage inflicted on the children during their 56 day encounter with kidnappers.

“We wish to stress that consequent upon the foregoing, most of the children have been living their normal lives since their release by the . Yet, the Ministry and the Institute seem insensitive to their plight and indifferent to their trauma.

“Accordingly, we, parents of the released students, hereby categorically demand immediate compensation from the ministry and the institute to enable us treat them of their trauma.

“We are resolute in resolve to bark and bite in pursuit of compensation for children, whose abduction was for no fault of their own, from whatever authority responsible for such compensation.

“We will go to every extent, using every legal instrument available to us, bona fide and law-abiding of this country, to get what we believe children deserve to facilitate their to normal life.

“We now deem it legitimately and legally fit to demand what we believe should be given to us for the proper of children.”