Bandits invade Federal College in Kebbi, kidnap students, staff

Bandits are a constant menace in today’s Nigeria. 

Bandits invade Federal College in Kebbi, kidnap students, staff
Charles Nwoke, Benin-Kebbi, Nigeria
June 17, 2021 

Unidentified gunmen suspected to be armed bandits have kidnapped an undisclosed number of staff and students of the Government College (FGC), Yauri in Kebbi State, North-west Nigeria.

PRNigeria reported that apart from the kidnap, it was gathered that the bandits shot security personnel during a gun duel between the criminals and the security outfit.

The armed bandits wielding sophisticated weapons of mass destruction, who came on motorcycles, reportedly swooped the town from the neighboring Rijau forest in Niger State.

The Kebbi State Police Command confirmed the unfortunate incident in a statement issued on Thursday.

The Kebbi State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Nafiu Abubakar, in the statement, revealed that the police are in hot pursuit of the hoodlums.

While he confirmed the death of one police officer and abduction of three teachers, he was however silent on the number of abducted students.

“A combined team of Police operatives is currently in hot pursuit of bandits who today, June 17, 2021, attacked the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State.

“The team comprising operatives from the Police Mobile Force, Anti-kidnapping and Counter-terrorism units are currently combing nearby forests, routes and suspected hideouts of the criminals.

“The Kebbi State Commissioner of Police, CP Adeleke Adeyinka, while condemning the attack which resulted in the unfortunate death of one policeman and gunshot injury to one of the students has assured parents and guardians of students that the Command is following credible leads and intensifying efforts to track the assailants and ensure the rescue of the missing students and teachers.

“Following the attack, three teachers and yet to be ascertained several students are still missing,” the statement read.

Niger State where the bandits came from has seen more frequent attacks from bandits recently despite heightened security measures in the area. The state shares boundaries with Kebbi state and Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, and the Sokoto States have equally had a fair share of the attacks and kidnaps by bandits and Fulani militia.

The most recent occurrence is the kidnap of 21 students of Greenfield University in Kaduna State.

The students of the private university in Kaduna State were kidnapped on April 20 after bandits attacked their hostels. Five of the students abducted during the invasion were killed by the bandits.