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Bandits invade Zamfara Gov’s hometown, abduct scores of students

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted many students of Kaya Junior Secondary School in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

SaharaReporters reports that the gunmen who came on motorcycles stormed the school on Wednesday afternoon, shooting sporadically.

“There was an abduction of students just now in Kaya town, Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara state. The gunmen who were in large number came to Kaya Junior Secondary School and abduct large number of students,” a source told SaharaReporters.

Niger, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto and many other states in North-west and North-central Nigeria are bedevilled by bandits’ attacks.

The bandits kill and kidnap at will despite the large deployment of police officers and soldiers to the affected states.

The latest incident comes a few weeks after bandits abducted students and teachers of the College of Agriculture in the Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

In the early hour of July 5, over 100 students of Bethel Baptist High School in Damishi, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state were abducted.

In February 2021, gunmen struck the Government Secondary School in Kagara, Niger State, abducting school pupils, teachers, and workers.

Also on December 11, 2020, 344 secondary schoolboys were abducted from Kankara in Katsina, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari, while he was there.

In February 2018, 110 schoolgirls were also abducted by Boko Haram from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. Five died in the process while others were later released, except Leah Sharibu, a Christian girl who refused to renounce her faith.

Hundreds of schoolgirls were also kidnapped in Chibok in 2014 by Boko Haram, some of whom have not been released till date.

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