Gunmen dares FG, storms Kaduna school, abduct only female students

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Suspected bandits have abducted unspecified number of female students of The Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Mando area of Kaduna State.

Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige who confirmed the incident said the exact number of students abducted is unknown.

“They were abducted last night, we have no details of the number of students,” ASP Jalige said.

He said the Police was working with the Army to trace the kidnappers and rescue the students.

According to the students, nearly half of the school’s female students were abducted while their male counterparts were not taken.

Residents reported hearing gunshots around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.

“Sometimes in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), they shoot at night since it is a military school… It was not until the next morning that we went out to pray we found out what had happened,” one local told BBC Hausa.

Meanwhile, the remaining students of institution have been evacuated to the 1 Division Garrison Command of the Nigerian Army in Ribadu Cantonment.

A military source told Daily Trust that but for the efforts of personnel of the Nigerian Air Force and troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army Headquarters, Kaduna, the attack would have been worse.

The source, who did not want to be named, said some students were rescued during the attack but the kidnappers made away with an unconfirmed number of students.

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It would be recalled that the Federal Government had assured that the abduction of students of Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara state would be the last in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who had led a presidential delegation to Zamfara, had said the Jangebe experience would mark the end of attack on schools and abduction of students in Nigeria.

“This abduction of the female students in Jangebe will be the last as the Federal Government has reorganized the security architecture of the country to nib all the atrocities of these criminals,” he had said.