Gunmen abduct 300 schoolgirls in Zamfara
Charles Nwoke, Nigeria
February 26, 2021
Image provided by local source, fair use. Empty school house.
No fewer than 300 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara, were believed to have been kidnapped on Thursday night, just more than a week after students and staff of Government Boys College were abducted in Kagara, Niger State.
A resident of Jangebe, Haliru Jangebe told the News Agency of Nigeria that local vigilantes tried to repel the hoodlums but couldn’t because of the sophisticated weapons they were wielding.
He said, “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 special assistant on public enlightenment to the Zamfara State Government, Zailani Bappah, confirmed the abduction to BBC Pidgin on Friday morning.
Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs in the state, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, equally confirmed the Jangebe kidnap but refused to speak on the number of abducted students.
The Commissioner said, “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.”
A staff of the school revealed to the News Agency of Nigeria that “the gunmen in their hundreds invaded the town around 2 am 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,” he stated.
According to our previous reports, the abductors dressed in military attires captured 42 people, including 27 schoolboys, three teachers, and other relatives of staff of the institution from Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State last week.
Northwest and Northcentral Nigeria have witnessed a surge in attacks by heavily-armed criminal gangs locally known as “bandits” who ambush communities, killing and kidnapping residents after looting their belongings.