BREAKING: Gunmen Attack School, Abduct Students, Others In Niger
Written by MaryGift Sunday on February 17, 2021
Armed men have attacked Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local government area of Niger State.
The incident started at about 2:00 am on Wednesday with the gunmen started shooting sporadically, with one student feared killed and several others abucted.
Some teachers and their family members residing within the college staff quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.
A government source who pleaded anonymity disclosed this to newsmen via telephone conversation in the early hours of Wednesday.
The operations started from the staff quarters and ended in the students’ hostels and in the process, other students were also wounded by gunshots.
The source could not, however, give the number of persons abducted and those injured as at the time of filing the report.
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 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.
On Tuesday, a statement from the office of the Commissioner of Information in the state, Mohammed Idris said ten persons had been freed from the hands of the bandits.
The Information Commissioner further claimed that ransom was not paid to secure their release.