Heavily Armed Bandits kidnap students, teachers in Niger State

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Some students and teachers of the Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local government area of Niger State have been kidnapped by heavily armed bandit.

According to reports, the gunmen attacked the school around 2:00 am on Wednesday, beginning with sporadic gunshots which led to the death of one student while several other students abducted.

Some teachers and their family members residing within the college staff quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

“Bandits went into GSC Kagara last night and kidnapped hundreds of students and their teachers,” said an official told AFP.

“One of the kidnapped staff and some students managed to escape. The staff confirmed a student was shot dead during the kidnap operation,” the official added.

A former senator and former student of the school, Shehu Sani, also said the principal of the school confirmed the abduction.

Sani said the bandits abducted some students and staff of the school.

While the school has about 1,000 students, the number of students kidnapped is still not unknown. But a headcount was underway.

PRNigeria reported that security agencies were able to detect the coordinate and nature of the area, and have started tracing the bandits’ movement while NAF aircraft have been seen hovering in the air to track the location of the students.

The latest abduction came less than three months after gunmen abducted hundreds of students of Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State. The Katsina students were later freed after negotiations.

NSTA School Bus

Niger, Katsina and many other states in North-west and North-central Nigeria have increasingly been targeted by “bandits” who kidnap for ransom, rape and pillage.

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A staff by name Batagi who was among those kidnapped has escaped and is in the school as of the time of publishing this report. Others still with the bandits are Mall. Lawal, Ali, Hannatu and her husband, Dodo, Mohammed Abubakar (Akawu), among others.

The source further added that the gunmen were dressed in the same school uniform used by the students, disguising to be members of the school.

The latest attack comes barely three days after gunmen attacked a bus belonging to the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) along Minna-Zungeru Road and abducted at least 21 passengers.

The state governor, Abubakar Bello had condemned the abduction, promising to secure the release of the passengers.