Hundreds of students were reportedly kidnapped after bandits attacked Government Science Secondary School in Kankara local government area of Katsina state on Friday, December 11.
Shehu Sani, a former lawmaker representing Kaduna central senatorial district also confirmed the abduction of the students in a tweet on Saturday, December 12.
The friday night attacks in Kankara town Katsina State and the reported kidnappings of students of the Government Science Secondary School by bandits is another tragedy in the season of woes.Until the these bandits are tackled and crushed,the problem will not fizzle out.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) December 12, 2020
According to the report, the gunmen invaded the school at about 11 pm and launched an attack on the area that lasted for over two hours. At the end of the raid, an unconfirmed number of students and residents were declared missing from the town.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a police officer noted that the bandits invaded the school on foot and abducted an undisclosed number of students.
The policeman also said that the armed men shot the school’s gatemen and another officer. He added that they are alive and receiving treatment.
Eyewitnesses narrating their ordeal revealed that gunmen numbering about 100 stormed the school between 10:00 – 11:00 pm and started shooting sporadically in the hostels forcing many students to run into the bush for help.
Meanwhile, Daily Nigerian is reporting that at least 600 out of 800 students are missing from the school after the bandits invaded Kankara town on Friday night.
A schoolteacher speaking on the condition of anonymity said the bandits launched the attack shortly after prep at 9:30 pm.