Again, bandits attack Kaduna school, kidnap pupils, teachers

The incident occurred at an LEA Primary School in the LGA

Gunmen believed to be bandits, Monday morning, invaded Universal Basic Education primary school, Rama in Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna and forcefully abducted pupils and teachers.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident in a statement but failed to give the number of those abducted.

“The Kaduna State Government is receiving security reports of kidnapping of some pupils and teachers in a primary school located in Rema, Birnin Gwari local government area.

“According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred at an LEA Primary School in the LGA.

“The Kaduna State Government is currently obtaining details on the actual number of pupils and teachers reported to have been kidnapped and will issue a comprehensive statement as soon as possible,” the commissioner said in the statement.

The Punch reports that bandits had on Thursday kidnapped over 30 students when they attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

On Friday, troops of Quick Response Force of 1 Division, Nigerian Army, foiled an attempt by the bandits to kidnap some students of Turkish International Secondary School located in Rigachikun, Kaduna State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement, said following the firefight, troops were able to rescue 180 persons, comprising of 132 male students, 40 female students, and eight civilian staff.

Another attempt to kidnap students of Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara Local Government Area of the state was foiled on Sunday.

While narrating the incident, Aruwan said between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday, some suspected bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, intending to kidnap the students.

“Fortunately, the students utilised the security warning system in place and were thus able to alert security forces in the area.

“The security forces, comprising the troops of the Nigerian Army, Police and some security volunteers, moved swiftly to the school and engaged the bandits, forcing them to flee.

“The military and police are still on the trail of the armed bandits,” he said.

The commissioner said following a headcount by the school management, the Kaduna State Government could confirm that all 307 students had been verified safe and present.

He added that the attempted kidnap was foiled completely and no student was taken from the school.

Aruwan also disclosed that around Ifira village in Igabi Local Government Area, bandits attempted to attack a senior staff quarter around the Kaduna airport general area.

“This attempt was also foiled as troops of the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army engaged and repelled them, with several escaping with gunshot wounds.

“The state government acknowledges the efforts of the security agencies in the recent rescue of 180 students in the vicinity of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka.

“By access to the facts of the event, the Kaduna State Government extends its unequivocal solidarity to the Military, Police, Department of State Services and other security agencies, whose swift intervention prevented the bandits from abducting more persons,” the commissioner said.

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