The gunmen, sporting army fatigues based on witnesses, stormed the Government Science Secondary School Kagara at round 2am on Wednesday morning. One scholar was killed through the abduction, a resident instructed CNN.
The tally of individuals kidnapped from the boarding faculty facility may additionally rise as an unknown variety of lecturers are nonetheless lacking, the spokeswoman for the Niger state governor instructed CNN.
“Information reaching us is that 27 students are still missing. We don’t know the number of teachers at the moment. We don’t want to put numbers that will turn out contradictory, but efforts are being made to rescue them,” Mary Noel Barje, the chief press secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, mentioned.
Kagara resident Abubakar Mohammed instructed CNN that one scholar was killed by the gunmen.
“At about 2am, they stormed the staff quarters of the school,” mentioned Mohammed, who instructed CNN he was on the faculty web site Wednesday morning and noticed a useless physique being lifted out of the scholars’ hostel by police.
“They forced the children of staffers to take them to the hostel. There they abducted the students along with some members of staff. They killed one of the students in the hostel. His body is now at the police station in Kagara. Police is now everywhere in the school,” Mohammed mentioned.
He added that residents of the neighborhood have been on excessive alert after receiving a warning in regards to the deliberate assault.
“At about yesterday evening, we heard information that bandits were coming to Kagara but we did not know where they will attack. Later at about 10pm, we heard that they were just on the outskirts of Kagara, there was panic,” he mentioned.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the kidnapping of the college youngsters.
“The President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives,” Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.
“The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the college.”
A former Nigerian senator, Shehu Sani, instructed CNN that the college has no perimeter fence and would have afforded easy accessibility to militants.
Sani, who was additionally a scholar on the faculty, instructed CNN: “The town is at the epicenter of the insurgency in Niger State. Fulani bandits operate within the axis and there are thousands of people displaced in this area. The bandits of the northwest of Nigeria are becoming more lethal and destructive than Boko Haram.”
Buhari not too long ago retired all of the heads of Nigeria’s safety forces and appointed new ones, amid rising insecurity and kidnappings within the nation.
“The security situation in Nigeria is “overwhelming and threatens the peace of the nation,” Sani told CNN.
“It is unlucky the service chiefs have been allowed to remain for thus lengthy,” he added.
The Nigerian chief was on a week-long sabbatical within the state when the incident occurred.
The college students in that invasion have since been launched.