Kaduna School: Three Teachers Abducted, No Pupil Missing – Govt Clarifies
Kaduna State government has on Monday cleared the air on the number of those abducted by bandits at Rema Primary School in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
Addressing a press conference at the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said following the attack by armed bandits at the school around 8:50 a.m. on Monday, government has compiled and analysed security reports.
The government can confirm that three teachers, Rabiu Salisu, Umar Hassan, and Bala Adamu, have been kidnapped.
Aruwan stated that pupils who had arrived the school to begin the day’s activities took to their heels in the course of the commotion, as the bandits invaded the premises on motorcycles.
This led to two pupils going missing, identified as Ahmad Halilu and Kabiru Yahaya. However, we are happy to inform you that the two missing pupils have been found.
We can also confirm that no single pupil was kidnapped from the school. Other than the three teachers previously mentioned, no staff or pupil of the school is missing following the attack.
The commissioner disclosed that security reports have also revealed that the bandits rustled several cattle and went away with five motorcycles and other valuables.
As it stands, three teachers of the Rema Primary School, Birnin Gwari, have been kidnapped and following thorough checks, we can verify that no pupil was kidnapped.
The military and other security agencies in the Birnin Gwari general area are in pursuit of the bandits to ensure that the three kidnapped persons are rescued safely.
The latest attack followed the attempts by bandits to attack three schools in the state – at the secondary and tertiary levels.
While the military successfully thwarted the attacks on Turkish International Secondary School and Government Science Secondary School in Ikara, bandits kidnapped some students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka.
The school came under attack very early on Friday, not long after bandits attempted to attack 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.
Thereafter, the authorities in Kaduna said 39 students, comprising 23 female and 16 male students were still missing.
A day after the attack, soldiers brought the rescued students to the school to pick their belongings while the school authorities asked all students to vacate the premises.
However, a disturbing video surfaced on Saturday, in which the abducted college students called for help.
In the clip shared on Facebook, the students were seen being beaten by their captors, as they pleaded with the government to rescue them.
They were seen huddled together and sitting on tree leaves, with gun-wielding men, some of them dressed in military uniform, keeping watch over them.