Again, 307 students rescued as bandits raid another Kaduna school
Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
March 14, 2021
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The Government of Kaduna State says unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded Government Science Secondary School, Ikara in Kara Local Government Area of the state in an attempt to abduct students of the school.
Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the unfortunate incident when he addressed newsmen in Kaduna.
The Commissioner said “307 students were rescued unhurt” by security forces who thwarted the kidnap attempt earlier today.
According to Commissioner Aruwan, the attack occurred between Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday.
Aruwan said that the students upon alerting security operatives on the bandits’ invasion, the troops of the Nigerian Army, Police, other sister security agencies, and some security volunteers quickly moved to the school premises and engaged the criminal’s fire by fire, forcing them to flee from the school without kidnapping any student nor staff.
He said, “The Kaduna State Government has called this briefing to address you on some recent events concerning the security situation in the State.
“Between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of today, suspected bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara local government area, in an attempt to kidnap students.
“Fortunately, the students utilized the security warning system in place and were thus able to alert security forces in the area.
“The security forces comprising the troops of the Nigerian Army, Police, and some security volunteers moved swiftly to the school and engaged the bandits, forcing them to flee.
“The military and police are still on the trail of the armed bandits.
“Following a headcount by the school management, the Kaduna State Government can confirm to you that all 307 students have been verified safe and present. The attempted kidnap was foiled completely and no student was taken from the school.”
This is happening less than three days that 172 students and 8 staff of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi Local Government Area Council of Kaduna State were kidnapped and later rescued.
The hoodlums who seem to be targeting public and private institutions considering the population have continued to attack and cause mayhem among people in the northwest part of the country.