Gunmen kidnap 300 female students in Zamfara
About 300 female students of Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara state have been abducted by gunmen last night, the BBC HAUSA Service has reported. The state government or police authorities, are yet to react on the development.
This comes barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari promised to go tough on measures aimed at tackling insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals constituting a threat to innocent citizens across the country.
However, the BBC HAUSA report monitored on Friday morning, said a teacher in the affected school and one of the parents of a student, confirmed the sad development.
The state commissioner for information, Hon. Suleiman Tunau Anka who confirmed the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation said the gunmen stormed the school around 1 a.m today and abducted the students.
He however did not confirm how many students were kidnapped.
A resident of Kawaye village identified as Sadi Kawaye said his daughters, Mansura and Sakina, were among those abducted.
“I’m on my to Jangebe now over this terrible situation. I was told they invaded the school around 1am,” he told our reporter over the phone.
When contacted, SP Muhammad Shehu, Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, said he could not react.
“Give me some time, I can’t say anything now,” he said.
President Buhari through his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, during a security meeting of the Northern State Governor’s Forum and traditional rulers in Kaduna State admitted that the country is battling with different dimensions of security challenges.
He added that he has asked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly situation.
News of the latest abduction comes less than two weeks after armed men broke into Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
The attackers had raided staff quarters and hostels, where they picked their victims and took them into the forest.