Unknown gunmen have kidnapped some students and teachers of the Government Science College Kagara in Niger state.
It was alleged that the gunmen stormed the school in military uniforms around 2:00 am on Wednesday shooting sporadically into the air. One student was said to have been killed in the process.
According to reports, the attackers who arrived on 33 motorcycles overpowered the security guard on duty before whisking a number of students and teachers away.
A source said, “Bandits went into GSC Kagara last night and kidnapped hundreds of students and their teachers.”
“One of the kidnapped staff and some students managed to escape. The staff confirmed a student was shot dead during the kidnap operation.”
The school is said to have a headcount of about 1,000 students but so far the number of kidnapped students is still unknown.
It was also learnt that security agencies have been able to detect the coordinate and nature of the area, and have started tracing the location while the Nigerian Air force (NAF) aircraft has been seen hovering in the air in a bid to track the location of the students.
Reacting to this development in a tweet, the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello said, “Flash: The Niger State Government has directed the immediate closure of All Boarding Schools in Rafi, Munya, Shiroro and Mariga Local Government Areas as a result of the insecurity situation in the areas.”
This incident happened less than three months after gunmen abducted scores of students from the Government Secondary School, Kankara in Kastina State, who were eventually released after negotiations.