At least 600 out of 800 schoolgirls in President Muhammadu Buhari state, Katsina have been kidnapped by armed bandits, after an attack on Friday night, DAILY NIGERIAN reports.
This happened six years after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.
It’s said in the report that sighted by that Armed men stormed Government Science Secondary School in Kankara LGA, Katsina State, northwest Nigeria, and kidnapped dozens of students from their dormitories on Friday.
A Nigerian Schoolteacher who spoke to Daily Nigeria on the condition of anonymity said the bandits launched the attack shortly after prepping at 9:30 pm – the invasion by bandits followed shootings in the air, causing commotion and stampede before scaling over the fence and breaking the gate.
According to the educator, the school has over 800 students, with the exception of JS3 and SS3 students who are now out of school. In five years, bandits have carried out attacks in Rann, Karewa, Sabon Birni, Dan Amuwa, Dutsin Gari, Zabarmari, Kadisau, Jibia, Sanyinna, Birnin Gwari, Zaria, Batsari, Maru, Zurmi communities, abducting hundreds and killing.
“We are still hoping that some of them might return. We believe some of them fled the attack and ran into the bush,” he said. The teacher said the bandits, after gathering the students in one place, shepherded them towards Pauwa village, where they kept dozens of motorcycles. In an interview with the BBC, the spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, DSP Gambo Isa, confirmed the attack – BBC Hausa Journalist, Abdulbaki Jari said.
At the time of this report, the country’s President left the State House, Abuja for his hometown, Daura in Katsina State on a week-long private visit.