BY LEVI JOHNSON
Again, armed kidnappers on Sunday night stormed into an Islamiyya school situated at Tegina in Niger State, abducted 200 students and kill one.
Also, the abduction that was carried out around 4:30 pm on Sunday witnessed the critical injury by the rampaging armed abductors.
The Punch reports that one Zayyad Mohammed who resides in the area confirmed that the operation of the kidnappers took place,
Mohammed said, “The Islamiyya school is not the usual Sangaya boarding Islamic citadel, but a conventional one, where parents send their children daily to acquire Islamic education.”
It was gathered however that the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane, said the number of the abducted students had yet to be ascertained.
“Yes, there was an attack at the Islamiyya school, but we do not yet have the exact number of students that were abducted. We are in touch with parents in the area to know those whose children were abducted,” Matane said.
The SSG, who is the Chairman of the State Security Committee, further revealed that while the attack in Tegina was going on, there were simultaneous attacks in Lavun LGA and some fringes of Mashegu LGA.
While confirming the incidence, the state government in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Berje, said, “Conventional Islamiyya students of Salihu Tanko Islamic School, Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, have been abducted.
“The number of abducted students of the Islamiyya school has yet to be confirmed as the very little ones that cannot go through the bush path are released.
“However, two persons have shot in the cause of the attack with one person confirmed dead while the other person is critically injured.
“The state government is still gathering detailed security report on the attack to take necessary measures to secure the release of those kidnapped,” it added.
Also confirming the incident, the state Police Command through its PRO, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the bandits attack at Tegina, Rafi LGA.
He said, “On 30/05/2021, at about 1500hrs, bandits on board motorcycles in their numbers invaded Tegina town, Rafi LGA, shooting indiscriminately and abducted a yet to be ascertained number of children at Salihu Tanko Islamic school, Tegina. The bandits shot one person dead in the process.”
He added that the Command immediately mobilised all tactical teams, including Operation Puff 2 to rescue the victims.