Hundreds of Nigerian students unaccounted for as bandits attack Katsina secondary school

Dozens of distraught parents and guardians on Saturday besieged Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State in search of their children and wards, following an attack on the school by gunmen on Friday night.

Hundreds of students could not be accounted for on Saturday, although the police said they rescued 200.

Many are feared abducted by the hoodlums.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who arrived in the state on a private visit a few hours before the attack, directed the army and the police to go after the bandits immediately with a view to rescuing the missing children.

In its first reaction to the attack, the state government ordered the closure of all boarding schools to avert a reoccurrence.

Governor Aminu Masari said no one could yet ascertain the number of students who were kidnapped.

Speaking with reporters, the governor said 426 students had been counted as safe.

“This incident has gone beyond imagination,” he said in Hausa.

“For us, it’s highly worrisome and disturbing. I am assuring parents and guardians of these children that – we couldn’t say that we are more disturbed than them – but to rest assured that we share the same worries with them, because we know that we have the responsibility to protect their lives and their health.”

The governor said he had met with the army, who told him they were on top of the situation as efforts intensified to locate the bandits.

The gunmen stormed the school at about 11.30 pm in an attack reminiscent of the April 14, 2014 night invasion of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the terror sect, Boko Haram.

Students, teachers, and non-teaching staff fled into surrounding bush for their lives.

A headcount in the boarding school yesterday amid reports that hundreds of them had been abducted indicated that 54 students were missing.

Eight hundred and eighty four students were said to be in the school at the time of the attack.

The state police command said 200 of the students who fled for safety were found by the divisional police officer in the area and returned.

The police said they received report of the attack around 11:30 pm. They were told that bandits armed with AK-47 rifles had attacked the school.

One of the policemen on security duties on the school premises was shot during the attack.

He was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Governor Aminu Masari has ordered immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who arrived in the state a few hours before the attack, directed the army and the police to go after the attackers immediately and ensure the rescue of the missing students.

 

 

– The Nation

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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