One student has been killed and several other students abducted as armed bandits attacked Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.

According to the reporter, the bandits also kidnapped some teachers and their family members residing within the College Staff Quarters.

According to a government source who spoke to Channels Television on Wednesday, the students and teachers were abducted at about 2:00 am on Wednesday when the bandits stormed the school.

The source stated that bandits started shooting sporadically and in the process, a student was killed while some others sustained gunshots.

The source could not, however, give the number of persons abducted and those injured as at the time of filing the report

According to the source, the gunmen were dressed in the same school uniform used by the students, disguising themselves to be members of the school.

The bandits were said to have gathered some staff and students at a place for hours before moving them out of the school premises to an unknown destination.

It was, however, gathered that a staff of the college was able to escape from the kidnappers.

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.

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 number of persons abducted and those injured is unclear as of the time of filing the report. A headcount is being conducted at the school to ascertain the actual number of missing students.

Truetalknews also learnt that the security agencies were able to detect the nature of the area, and have started tracing the attackers’ movement while the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft have been seen hovering in the air to track the location of the students.

Targeted Institution
The State Police Command is yet to comment on the incident but an officer in the area who sought anonymity confirmed it.

Schools have been the target of attacks in recent times in Nigeria.
Kidnappers have in recent times targeted schools in the country. Less than three months ago, scores of students were abducted from the Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State. They were, however, released by their kidnappers after some days.

Niger State has in the past days seen a spike in kidnapping by gunmen. A few days back, armed men 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.

 

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