More Kidnappings In Nigeria

About forty gunmen raided a college in north-west Nigeria and kidnapped 39 students, in the latest mass abduction targeting school children in Nigeria. There are more kidnappings in Nigeria recently and it started from the time of Boko Haram but it seems likely that Boko Haram is not the only bandit in Nigeria. 42 people were abducted from a state-run school last month in Kagara, Niger State but they were later released. Kidnappings for ransom, raping and pillaging is rampant in the Northern parts of Nigeria and has become a major security challenge.

The School where the children were kidnaped

The bandit raided the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka, Kaduna state, at about 9.30pm on Thursday. They shot indiscriminately before taking the students away. The students were made up of about 300 male and female students and ages between 17 and older. They are usually an agricultural students, the bandit also take mostly females and set the males free.

Some of the rescued students
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Kaduna State Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan, 180 students were rescued by soldiers, who “exchange fire with the bandits. “The soldiers successfully managed to rescue 180 people; 42 female students, eight staff and 130 male students. According to one of the victims, the bandit deceived them of being soldiers because of the uniforms they were wearing, this made the victims exposed themselves to the bandit to take them away. Sources says the gunmen did not come through the gates but rather drill large holes through the fence. They then went in to attack the male dormitory first as they were preparing for their examinations.
Also on 27 February, gunmen abducted 279 schoolgirls in Zamfara state, and a week earlier, gunmen seized 42 people, including 27 students from an all-boys boarding school in central Niger state. In December, hundreds of schoolboys were seized in Katsina, Buhari’s home state, while he was out of the country.


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