Zamfara State Government has confirmed the abduction of female students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government area of the state.
KanyiDaily recalls that a teacher who spoke with BBC said that over 300 students where abducted when the gunmen stormed the school in the early hours of Friday, February 26, 2021.
While speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Friday, the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, conformed that the abductors in their hundreds invaded the school and took away the students at about 2 am.
Dauran said the government have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè to pursue the abductors of the schoolgirls.
“I can confirm to you now that we have sadly received the report on the abduction of the students of GGSS Jangebe and right now, I am on my way to the school.
“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.
A staff of the school who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity said, “the gunmen in their hundreds invaded the town around 2am on Friday, shot sporadically in the air to scare the residents before coming into the school.
“After taking away most of the students, we rounded up those that escaped or hid from the bandits and conducted a census where we counted 54 students and we are still searching to see if we can get more.”
Also, a resident who gave his name as Haliru Jangebe said, the local vigilantes had tried to repel the invaders but were overpowered.
“The bandits were too many and they all seemed to be carrying heavy arms as we heard gunshots from all parts of the town and when the shots stopped, we heard that the students had been taken away.”
The latest abduction comes less than two weeks after gunmen stormed the Government Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State, abducting 47 school pupils, teachers and workers, who have yet to be rescued as of Friday.