Concerned about reports that freed Afaka students were sexually abused while in captivity, the students’ parents have stated that none of the 37 kidnapped (now freed) students were sexually or homosexually abused by the bandits.
” In fact, by divine providence, according to the testimony of all the released students, one bandit lost his life on the mere mention of the desire to sexually molest a student,” they said.
“The parents in a statement issued by their chairman, Abdullahi Usman, called on Nigerians to disregard the story and continue to pray for the students as they continue with the rehabilitation of their children.
“The statement read: “While we were basking in the joy of having reunited with our precious children, who were released unharmed after 56 gruesome days in captivity, our attention was drawn to a May 11, 2021, error-ridden online publications to the effect that an unidentified parent of one of the 27 students released on May 5, speaking on the condition of anonymity, had disclosed that the students, both male and female, were sexually, homosexually molested by the bandits while in captivity.
”Other online media outlets also published the self-same report. On behalf of parents of the Forum of the 37 abducted students (now released), we wish to set the records straight and hope that this will end the circulation of the fabrication which the story is.
”We state in unequivocal terms that none of the 37 kidnapped (now freed) Afaka students was sexually or homosexually molested by the bandits. In fact, by divine providence, according to the testimony of all the released students, one bandit lost his life on the mere mention of the desire to sexually molest a student.
“To be sure, the students confessed that ‘he didn’t even actually attempt it; he was just saying it, and yet he was killed and we were asked to take his corpse and deposit it in a nearby bush because they said he was not worthy of a proper burial.’
“As parents of the released students, our primary focus now is the rehabilitation of our treasures whom God has brought back to us alive and miraculously unharmed.
”Distractions such as occasioned by this false report, purportedly a revelation by an anonymous parent, is unfortunate and irresponsible and should be retracted as it does nothing but aggravate the trauma we and our released children are working hard to overcome.
“We wish to call on Nigerians who stood by us from the time our children were abducted to the date the last 27 were released, to disregard the story and continue to pray for us as we continue with the rehabilitation of our children, so they may get back to normal life again very soon.”