Bandits abduct 287 college students, principal from Kaduna faculty

At the very least 312 college students and a principal, Abubakar Isah  have been kidnapped in broad day mild on Thursday when bandits invaded the LEA Main and Junior Secondary Faculty, Kuriga in Chikun Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State.

Officers of the varsity and neighborhood leaders instructed Governor Uba Sani, alongside key authorities officers, who visited the varsity on Thursday, that 187 college students have been kidnapped from the secondary faculty part and 125 from the first faculty part.

One of many academics, Sani Abdullahi who escaped the kidnapping alongside others, stated 25 of the pupils from the first part had returned. This, he stated, leaves 287 college students and the principal in custody of the bandits.

Abdullahi instructed the governor that at precisely 7:47am, he entered the appearing principal’s workplace to signal his attendance when hastily, the bandits surrounded the varsity premises.

“We grew to become confused; we didn’t know the place to go. Then, the bandits requested us to enter the bush, so we obeyed them as a result of there have been a lot of them, and the pupils, who’re about 700 have been following us. So, once we entered the bush, I used to be fortunate to flee alongside many different folks.

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“So, I returned to the village and reported what occurred to the neighborhood. So, instantly our vigilantes and personnel of the Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVS) adopted the bandits, however the vigilantes didn’t succeed. In reality, the bandits killed one of many vigilantes; we simply buried him a short time in the past,” he stated.


All kids will return unharmed – Gov Sani

Responding, Governor Sani stated all the kids would return quickly.

“Earlier than coming right here, I spoke with the Nationwide Safety Adviser (NSA), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, and we’re making efforts. The safety forces have swung into motion, and by God’s grace, we are going to rescue the kids,” the governor stated.

“We are going to do no matter we have to do to make sure the secure return of those kids, even when it means coming to Kuriga to stick with you.

“The essence of presidency is the safety of residents’ lives and property. We recognise the truth that we’re holding this place in belief for the folks, and by God’s grace, we are going to defend the residents’ rights,” he stated.

In accordance with him, when he was within the Senate, he moved the movement for the creation of state police as a result of he realised that there have been no sufficient boots on the bottom.

He stated with state police, each neighborhood like Kuriga would have folks within the police, and they might be armed with AK47 rifles to guard the lives and property of the residents.


Orphans among the many kidnapped

The secondary faculty in Kuriga, positioned outdoors the city, was moved to the first faculty constructing contained in the city a number of years in the past as a result of safety breaches.

A resident, Nasiru Zakari Yau, stated his two kinfolk have been kidnapped from the varsity.

He listed their names as Faizah Ibrahim and Abdul Abdulwahab, saying all of them have been taken to an unknown vacation spot by their abductors.

“I do know of about 20 orphans among the many kidnapped college students, together with two of my kinfolk and most of those orphans’ dad and mom have been killed by bandits on this neighborhood years again. Many of the homes within the village have been affected by this abduction,” he stated.

Nasiru added that the neighborhood solely has vigilantes for years because of the absence of police within the village, including that this was why although they received the report of the bandits’ presence outdoors the village on Wednesday round 6pm and because of the poor telecommunication community, they might not name for help from safety companies.

One other resident, Lawal Kuriga, instructed Day by day Belief that the scholars have been moved like animals into the forest by the bandits.

“The state of affairs was horrible as a result of there was poor telecommunication community…College students, together with girls and boys have been kidnapped,” he stated.

One other resident, who merely recognized himself as Shitu, stated his in-law, a neighborhood chief in Kuriga, knowledgeable him of the incident, which he described as “very disturbing.”

He additionally stated many of the college students ran out of their lessons once they sighted the bandits inside the faculty premises.

One of many dad and mom, whose daughter, Safiya Hassan of JSS 3, was amongst these kidnapped, stated he was traumatized by the incident. He stated the incident occurred as a result of lack of safety locally for years.

In accordance with him, the native vigilantes within the village couldn’t include banditry within the as a result of the assailants have been extra subtle.

“We’re interesting for extra safety deployment on this neighborhood, and we hope the federal government will assist rescue our daughters,” he stated.

Equally, one other resident whose youthful brother and sister’s kids have been amongst these kidnapped, frowned on the state of affairs.

“My youthful brother’s son was kidnapped whereas my sister had three of her kids kidnapped. We used to have a police station within the village, nevertheless it was later closed down, and the policemen taken out of the village,” he stated.

He prayed to God to return to their help saying “the neighborhood is actually in want of God’s intervention over the incident.”

Day by day Belief additional gathered from the locals that a number of the kids escaped to close by homes, however the bandits chased them and took them away.

It was gathered that those that bumped into close by farms and those that layed underneath faculty chairs have been the one ones that escaped abduction.

Our correspondent gathered that the varsity was not fenced with many of the roofs of the lessons eliminated, and that the bandits stormed the realm on greater than 20 bikes.


We’re on path of abductors

Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, who confirmed the incident, stated law enforcement officials and troopers have been trailing the abductors to rescue the victims.


Speaker Abbas, others condemn abduction

Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Abbas Tajudeen, on Thursday condemned the mass abductions by suspected terrorists and bandits in Borno and Kaduna states.

He decried that the assaults have been coming at a time when the troubled North-East and North-West have been about getting some respite from bandits and terrorists’ occupation.

Speaker Tajudeen, whereas praying for the secure return of the abductees, urged the safety companies to deploy all assets for his or her rescue.

Additionally, Senator Lawal Adamu Usman, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial zone, stated that in the previous couple of weeks of the yr 2023, Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone had witnessed escalation of tensions as results of terrorists’ assaults, killings and abductions in a number of communities in Kajuru, Chikun, Birnin-Gwari, Giwa and Igabi Native governments.

“As we speak, I’m saddened and in a state of impolite shock over the kidnapping of pupils of major faculty and college students of Secondary Faculty at Kuriga, Chikun native authorities space, alongside the dreaded Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna freeway.

“The spate of grotesque assaults and abductions in current days has demoralized the residents and additional put them in a traumatic situation with none perception of an indication of releaf.

“Because the Senator representing the realm, I lengthen my deepest sympathy to all of the dad and mom and households of the pupils and college students kidnapped and all those who misplaced their valuable lives.”

Talking on the event, Senator Shehu Sani, who represented the senatorial zone up to now, described the event as “tragic”.

The previous senator, who posted the incident on his X verified account, expressed optimism that the liberty of the scholars will probably be secured.

“It’s the similar village the place a faculty principal, Idris Sufyan was killed and his spouse kidnapped over a month in the past. Nonetheless, I’m optimistic their freedom will probably be secured”, he stated.


Escalating wave of faculty abductions condemnable – NEF

Citing the Kuriga assault, the Northern Elders Discussion board has expressed its deep concern over the escalating safety disaster within the North, stating that it’s saddened by the worsening state of safety within the nation highlighted by the alarming enhance in class abductions.

The NEF stated current assault and mass abductions in Kuriga village, have as soon as once more dropped at the forefront the grave safety challenges going through Northern Nigeria.

The Northern Elders Discussion board (NEF), in a strongly worded assertion signed by Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, Director of Publicity and Advocacy, stated: “This incident, the place over 200 college students and academics have been kidnapped from LEA Main faculty, additional underscores the delicate state of safety within the nation.”

The NEF lamented the truth that the kidnapping of schoolchildren has now grow to be a typical prevalence in Northern Nigeria, posing a critical risk to training within the area. This reprehensible act not solely violates the basic rights of those harmless kids to training but in addition instills concern and anxiousness amongst dad and mom and educators.

“The current wave of faculty abductions, the place harmless kids are being taken from their faculties, is especially distressing. These incidents not solely traumatize the victims and their households but in addition undermine the tutorial system and the way forward for the nation.

“It’s clear that the present safety state of affairs is a matter of grave concern, and it’s crucial that each one stakeholders work collectively to seek out lasting options to those challenges,” NEF stated.

The NEF additionally highlighted the broader implications of such acts of violence on the material of Nigerian society. The continual prevalence of kidnappings, killings, armed robberies, and violent assaults, not simply within the rural areas however even within the federal capital, is a stark reminder of the pervasive insecurity that plagues the nation. It’s a tragic actuality that Nigerians live underneath fixed concern of being focused by prison components.


ActionAid too

The ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has expressed outrage by the current spate of abductions in Nigeria, together with the reported abduction of over 200 internally displaced individuals (IDPs), principally girls in Ngala Native Authorities Space of Borno State and the kidnapping of about 100 pupils at LEA Main Faculty, Kuriga in Chikun Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State.

The Nation Director of AAN, Mr Andrew Mamedu, on Thursday night time in a press release stated that these brazen acts of terror on harmless civilians, which tragically mirror previous atrocities such because the abductions of the Chibok and Dapchi women, is condemnable.

“We name on the Kaduna and Borno states governments and the Federal Authorities of Nigeria to prioritise the pressing rescue of the kidnapped IDPs and guarantee their secure return to their households. Each passing second with out motion brings us nearer to a repeat of the tragic outcomes witnessed in earlier abductions.

“It’s absurd and unacceptable that over 200 Nigerians in Borno State have been kidnapped since twenty ninth February with none decisive motion being taken to rescue them, and that scores of kids have been kidnapped in Kaduna state only a few days later. We refuse to tolerate the identical failures and gradual progress in rescuing our kidnapped compatriots,” Mamedu stated.

He additionally demanded accountability and justice for all of the victims of the abductions, asking all safety companies to be taught from previous errors and take decisive motion to forestall additional hurt to the victims.

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