Unidentified gunmen killed a student in an overnight attack in a boarding school in Niger State, North West of Nigeria before proceeding to kidnapp others..
The gunmen stormed the Government Science College in Kagara district, at around 2 a.m. and ovepowered the school security before proceeding to kill one student and kidnapp 42 people, among them 27 students.
“The situation is very serious…Some 27 students, 3 staff and 12 members of their family were kidnapped,” said Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger state.
Narrating about the ordeal, Caleb Samaila, one of the students who escaped the attack though wounded, said they were in their hostles when they suddenly heard shootings outside.
“That day I was sleeping in the hostel when i heard the kidnappers come to our hostel and start shooting their guns. I came out suddenly, ran and jumped over the fence. Their were other students too running everywhere.” said Caleb.
After the attack, the state governor ordered an immediate closure of all boarding schools at the State.
Bello added that plans are ongoing to ensure victims are released safely.
“We Are Interfacing With Locals To Ensure Safe Release Of Victims,” Said Governor Abubakar Sani Bello
It is not yet clear who is responsible for this attack. However, looking at the series of such attacks in the past, sources say Boko Haram might be responsible.