KADUNA, Nigeria – Unidentified gunmen killed a scholar in an in a single day attack on a boarding school in north-central Nigeria on Wednesday, witnesses stated and the regional authorities stated 27 others together with some workers and family had been kidnapped.
The assailants stormed the Authorities Science secondary school in the Kagara district of Niger state at round 2 am, overwhelming the school’s safety element, in accordance with native residents.
One scholar was killed in the attack, trainer Aliyu Isa and a pupil on the school advised native TV information station Channels. One other trainer, who didn’t wish to be named, additionally advised Reuters that one scholar was killed.
“It was just one that was killed,” Isa advised Channels. He stated the abductors had been dressed in military uniforms and taking pictures as they broke into the school. “They had been telling the scholars to not run,” added Isa, who stated he and others fled in the confusion whereas the gunmen rounded up a number of the pupils.
Niger state officers didn’t instantly verify the loss of life however stated that 27 college students, some members of workers and family had been kidnapped by the gunmen.
The attack got here two months after gunmen stormed a secondary school in northwestern Katsina state and kidnapped almost 350 boys, who had been subsequently rescued by safety forces.
It was not instantly clear who was chargeable for the most recent abduction. Kidnappings for ransom by armed teams are frequent throughout many northern Nigerian states.
Militant Islamist group Boko Haram and a department of Islamic State additionally perform abductions in Nigeria’s turbulent northeast. About 100 of greater than 270 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from the city of Chibok in 2014 stay lacking.
The Niger state governor ordered the fast closure of boarding colleges in the area. President Muhammadu Buhari dispatched safety chiefs to coordinate rescue operations, his spokesman Garba Shehu stated in an announcement.
“President Buhari has (given assurance) of the assist of his administration to the armed forces in their courageous battle towards terrorism and banditry and urged them to do all that may be completed to carry an finish to this saga,” stated Shehu.
The spate of assaults has raised concern about rising violence by Islamist insurgents and armed gangs and fuelled widespread criticism of Buhari’s dealing with of nationwide safety. In January, the president appointed a brand new navy excessive command.
Violence and insecurity have compounded the financial challenges confronted by residents in Africa’s most populous nation, which is struggling to deal with a fall in revenues as a consequence of an oil worth droop on high of the COVID-19 pandemic.