Gunmen kill one,Abduct 10 In Niger State

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Barely 24 hours after the abduction of 41 school students, teachers and family members from Government Science College Kagara, gunmen have again attacked some communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

A resident is said to have been killed and at least two others injured while a yet-to-be ascertained number of persons have been abducted.

The villages attacked include Sarkin Zama, Lagbe (Bakin Kogi), Siyiko, Kokki and other adjoining villages, all in Gurmana ward of Shiroro LGA.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television via a telephone conversation, the Co-Convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Kokki said the attack took place on Wednesday night while the state was still grappling with the shock of the abduction of students, teachers, and others at GSSS Kagara.

According to Mr. Kokki, the gunmen stormed the villages in large numbers heavily armed.

He said the attack which lasted for hours claimed at least one life with two persons injured.

One person was shot in the eye while the other was shot around the armpit.

Those who sustained injuries have been rushed to Kuta General Hospital and are being treated.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, armed men attacked the Government Science College Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State shooting sporadically.


The administrative block of the school

Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, in Niger State was attacked by gunmen on February 17, 2021.


Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, in Niger State was attacked by gunmen on February 17, 2021.

Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, in Niger State was attacked by gunmen on February 17, 2021.

Schools have been a target of attacks in recent times in Nigeria.

The recent abduction comes less than three months after the kidnap of students in Kankara, Katsina State.

A student Benjamin Habila was killed by the bandits on the school premises while several others abducted.

Some teachers and their family members residing within the college staff quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

The attack started from the staff quarters and ended in the students’ hostels and in the process, other students were also wounded by gunshots.

The gunmen gathered some staff and students at a place for hours before moving them out of the school premises to an unknown destination.

They wore a military uniform and entered the school premises which has about 1000 students, overpowered the security guard, before whisking away the students and staff.

A staff member by the name Batagi who was among those kidnapped has escaped and is in the school as of the time of publishing this report. Others still with the bandits are Mall. Lawal, Ali, Hannatu, and her husband, Dodo, Mohammed Abubakar(Akawu), among others.

The Niger State Government has also released the names of the students, teachers, and other residents abducted from Government Science Secondary School Kagara on Wednesday.

A list which emanated from the State Ministry of Education shows 27 students were abducted alongside 5 staff and 9 members of their families, making a total of 41 persons abducted from the school.

Three of the staff abducted are teachers while two are the non-teaching staff.

The names of the students include Jamilu Isah, Shem Joshua, Abbas Abdullahi, Isah Abdullahi, Ezekeil Danladi, Haliru Shuibu, Mamuda Suleiman, Danzakar Dauda, Abdulsamad Sanusi, Bashir Abbas.

Others are: Suleiman Lawal, Abdullahi Adamu, Habakuk Augustine, Idris Mohammed, Musa Adamu, Abdulkarim Abdulrahman, Abubakar Danjumma, Abdullahi Abubakar, Bashir Kamalideen, Mohammed Salisu.


The names of persons abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, as released by the Niger State Government on February 18, 2021.

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