Parents of the abducted students of the College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Kaduna State have taken their protest to the National Assembly complex, Abuja.
The protest comes hours after another set of bandits, who kidnapped 22 students of Greenfield University, also in Kaduna, threatened to kill the remaining 17 in their captivity if government or parents do not meet their ransom demands.
Their plight is however worsened by Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s vow to never to pay a ransom or negotiate with criminal elements.
On Tuesday, the Students Union Government (SUG) of the College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka, parents and wellwishers stormed the National Assembly to protest against what they described as the negligence of the state and Federal Government in securing the release of the children.
The protesting parents and students, led by activists Omoyele Sowore, and Deji Adeyanju, marched from the Unity Foutain to the NASS, chanting songs of solidarity and displaying placards demanding government action to rescue the students.
“Education is our right! Safety is our right! Freedom is our right!, Free Afaka 29! ” the parents and students chanted as they marched to the National Assembly.
They were unable to gain access into the main grounds of the complex as the entrance was manned by security agents.
See more photos from the protest below…