The assault on Federal Authorities School in Kebbi State is the third assault by gangs on a college in Nigeria in a month.
Armed attackers have killed a police officer and kidnapped 5 academics and an unknown variety of college students from a college within the northwestern Nigerian state of Kebbi, police stated.
The assault befell on the Federal Authorities School within the distant city of Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State on Thursday. It’s the third assault by armed gangs on a college or faculty in Nigeria in lower than a month which have been attributed by the authorities to bandits in search of ransom funds.
A spokesman for the police in Kebbi State, Nafiu Abubakar, stated one officer had been shot lifeless throughout an alternate of fireplace between the police and the attackers, and a pupil had additionally been shot and was receiving medical therapy.
“We’re nonetheless making an attempt to determine the variety of college students kidnapped, however 5 academics had been kidnapped,” Abubakar stated.
Abubakar stated safety forces had been looking out a close-by forest for the kidnapped college students and academics.
Atiku Aboki, a neighborhood resident who went to the varsity shortly after the gunfire stopped, informed Reuters information company he noticed a scene of panic and confusion as individuals searched for his or her youngsters.
“Once we received there, we noticed college students crying, academics crying, everyone seems to be sympathising with individuals,” he stated by phone.
“Everybody was confused. Then my brother referred to as me [to say] that his two youngsters haven’t been seen and [we] don’t know if they’re among the many kidnapped.”
Closely armed legal gangs, recognized regionally as bandits, have lengthy focused central and northwestern states, raiding villages, stealing cattle and kidnapping for ransom.
However they’ve more and more focused colleges, snatching college students or schoolchildren and herding them into forest hideouts to barter ransom funds.
Greater than 700 youngsters and college students have already been kidnapped by these gangs for ransom since December.
The raids have largely taken place within the northwestern area. They’re separate from armed operations centred on the northeast, the place the Boko Haram group made world headlines in 2014 when it kidnapped greater than 270 schoolgirls from the city of Chibok.
On the finish of Might, armed males seized 136 youngsters from an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria’s Niger state.
The mass kidnappings are only one problem for President Muhammadu Buhari’s safety forces, that are additionally preventing an armed battle within the northeast and rising separatist tensions within the nation’s southeast.