Authorities announce the release of 29 students May 5 who were kidnapped March 11 from the Federal College of Kaduna State, Nigeria.
TIMEFRAME expected from 5/6/2021, 9:29 AM until 5/6/2021, 11:59 PM (UTC).
Informational Security Nigeria
Authorities have announced that 29 students kidnapped March 11 from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, located on the outskirts of Kaduna city, Kaduna State, had been released May 5. A total of 39 students were initially abducted by unidentified assailants, 10 of whom were previously released. It remains unclear whether any ransom was paid. No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
The attack is one among a series of incidents targeting schools in northern Nigeria; it underscores the high threat of kidnapping from criminal elements across much of the country.
Kidnapping poses a high threat in Nigeria for both locals and foreign nationals. Most kidnappings in Nigeria are financially motivated and conducted by criminal groups of varying levels of sophistication. Militant and/or extremist groups also conduct kidnappings that may be ideologically or financially motivated. Non-traditional kidnapping variants, such as express kidnapping and short-term extortion, which frequently occur in urban centers, pose additional security threats. Kidnapping incidents within Nigeria are usually resolved without harm to the victim(s) through the payment of a ransom. However, victims may be subject to violence or the threat thereof, to expedite a ransom payment; particularly by unsophisticated criminals. Victims of ideologically motivated kidnappings have a face a higher threat of death and may experience longer captivity times.