Bandits abduct primary school pupils, teachers in Kaduna

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Some pupils from a Universal Basic Education primary school at Rama in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been kidnapped.

The gunmen also abducted some teachers alongside the pupils from the school during the incident which happened Monday morning.

The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the abduction of primary school pupils and teachers.

Aruwan said, in a statement titled, ‘KDSG receiving security reports of kidnapping of pupils and teachers in Birnin Gwari LGA’, that the pupils and teachers were abducted on Monday.

He did not give the number of the pupils and teachers abducted.

Part of the statement read, “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.”

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This latest abduction of pupils is the second in the recent series of attacks by bandits in Kaduna State.

In the last five days, the gunmen attempted to attack at least four schools – at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels.

The other schools are Turkish International Secondary School, Government Science Secondary school, Ikara, as well as Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka.

While the military successfully thwarted two of the attacks, bandits abducted persons from the schools in Rema and Afaka.

The Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation came under attack very early on Friday, not long after bandits attempted to attack the Turkish school.

However, military operatives promptly arrived at the scene, leading to the rescue of 180 people comprising 132 male students, 40 female students, and eight civilian staff members of the school.

Following the incident, the authorities in Kaduna said 39 students, comprising 23 female and 16 male students were still missing.

A day after the attack, the rescued students were brought back to the school in military vehicles to pick their belongings while the school authorities asked all students to vacate the premises.