Just In! Bandits invade Kebbi school, abduct female students

Armed men suspected to be bandits have invaded the Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri, Kebbi State and abducted a yet-to-be specified number of female students. Details of the incident are still sketchy but according to reports, a security operative was shot dead during the operation. The attackers, who rode on motorcycles, were said to have stormed the school from neighbouring Rijau Forest in the early hours of Thursday. They were said to have overpowered the mobile policemen guarding the school. The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nafi’u Abubakar, is yet…

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Niger: Abductors of Islamic schoolchildren raise ransom from N110m to N200m

The bandits that abducted the Islamiyya students in Niger State have upped their demand for ransom money for the release of the 156 students in their custody to N200 million. Recall that on May 27, bandits attacked Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school in Tegina town, Rafi LGA, and abducted several schoolchildren. On Wednesday, the bandits demanded N110 million ransom for the kidnapped pupils. However, the situation has taken a new dimension as the bandits have now raised their demand to N200 million. According to the school head-teacher and a parent of…

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Just In: Gunmen hijack school bus in Akure, Ondo State

There is panic among parents today, as some gunmen this morning hijacked a school bus in Oba-ile Estate, in Akure-North local government area of Ondo State, abducting one person who was on duty to convey children to school. According to reports, the incident, which occured around 6:45am while the driver and the attendant were moving round to pick the pupils of Chimola School, which is situated inside the estate, to their school. A source in the school explained that the gunmen, numbering about eight who were on motorcycles, rounded the…

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Islamic school abduction: Bandits demand N110m for the release of pupils

Bandits who abducted pupils of the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, in Tegina town, in Rafi local government area of Niger State are demanding N110 million as ransom for the release of his pupils. According to the school’s Headmaster, Abubakar Alhassan, the bandits made contact with the management of the institution on Monday asking him to pay N110 million as ransom for the release of his pupils. Alhassan said the bandits claimed to have 156 pupils with them. According to him, the kidnappers threatened that if they did not pay the…

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11 Niger abducted Islamiyya school children released

Eleven out of the many students abducted by bandits on Sunday in Niger state have been released by their captors. The State government disclosed this yesterday, in a statement by the governor’s media aide, Mary Noel-Berje. The students were abducted at the Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Tegina town when the bandits attacked the town located in Rafi local government area of the State. The incident was the second in the state this year, among several incidents, of abductions of schoolchildren by bandits. The bandits have recently abducted several people…

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Insecurity: Again, Bandits abduct many students in Tegina, Niger State

Few months after the abduction of Kagara College students in Niger State, armed Bandits have again abducted some students of an Islamic school in Tegina town, in Rafi local government area of Niger State. It was gathered that the bandits stormed the Islamiyya school, located in Tegina town, around 4.30 pm when the students were receiving lessons. Tegina is the hometown of the local government chairperson, Isma’il Moddibo. It is in the same local government area with Kagara where bandits earlier this year abducted many students but later released them…

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Students abductions: “Declare state of emergency in Kaduna” – HURIWA urges President Buhari

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Kaduna due to the rising cases of mass abductions and killings in the State. According to a statement issued yesterday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA lamented the latest attack on Greenfield University, the only operational private university in the State, coming nearly a month after a similar abduction at a neighbouring Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, also in Kaduna. Deploring the breakdown of security in Kaduna, the group…

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South-West govts. tighten security at schools

Following the spate of mass kidnapping of students in the northern part of the country, governments of south-western states have activated structures to tighten security around their schools. Reports from each of the South-West States showed that both formal and informal security outfits are being strengthened to ward-off possible serious security breaches that manifested in the mass abductions in the North. The Lagos State government said it had taken measures to ensure that the kidnapping of students happening in the north of the country does not occur in the State.…

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Parents of abducted Kaduna students stage protest

…Says “we’re tired of the waiting game” Parents and students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, yesterday staged a protest over the continued stay of the 39 abducted students of the college in bandits captivity. Recall that the 39 students were abducted by bandits last Friday and are yet to be released by their captors. The protesters reportedly converged at the school premises around 11:30am yesterday, appealing to authorities to rescue their colleagues, as they displayed placards with inscriptions that read: “Free Afaka 39 students”, “End…

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307 students rescued as bandits invade another Kaduna school

No fewer than 307 students were rescued when bandits attacked Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, in Kara Local Government Area in Kaduna in the early hours of Sunday. The State’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the attack. According to him, “307 students were rescued unhurt” by troops who foiled the attempted kidnap.Aruwan said: “Between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of today, suspected bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara local government area, in an attempt to kidnap students.…

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