February 18, 2021
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Suspected bandits have kidnapped a yet-to-be-ascertained number of students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara in Niger state in the early hours of Wednesday.

Several sources have confirmed the abduction including the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, and the governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.

ElombahNews was informed that the school has about 1000 students and numerous staff.

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Speaking on the development, Malam Garba said that President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the brazen attack.

According to him, the President directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives.

He has also dispatched to Minna, the Niger State capital, a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation.

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

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ElombahNews gathered that the bandits entered the school around 2:00am and continued the operation for about one hour with no security operatives in sight.

It was also learnt that the bandits donned military uniform when they entered the school premises.

The bandits easily made a mince meat of the school security and thereafter whisked the students away in a convoy.

Presently, the school authority is conducting a headcount to ascertain the actual number of missing students as some pf them reportedly escaped after the invasion.

It was also gathered that  one of the staff reportedly escaped from the bandits shortly after the kidnap.

A student was reported killed in the abduction process at the school premises while trying to escape.



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