Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has accused Afaka residents of alerting bandits who invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, on Thursday night.
This news medium had reported how gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the school and abducted the students from their hostel around 11:30pm on Thursday.
According to the state Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, 30 students were abducted by the bandits, while 180 other students were rescued by troops of the Nigerian Army from 1 Division.
The commissioner in a statement on Friday later said 39 students were missing, comprising of 16 male students and 23 females.
Speaking on Channels Television on Friday, El-Rufai said the government got intelligence that bandits were planning to attack a secondary school close to the forestry college.
He said security operatives were alerted immediately and they moved to the school.
The governor said some informants must have alerted the bandits that the secondary school was protected by the military and that could have informed their decision to target the college.
The armed men had broken a portion of the school fence from where they gained access into the premises.
Meanwhile, some parents, who had dashed to the school to take their children home upon hearing the news of the abduction, were disappointed to hear that their children were among the victims.
One of them was Angelina Balabe, whose daughter, Blessing, was taken away by the bandits.
She appealed to the authorities concerned to ensure the safe return of her child and others kidnapped by the bandits