More school pupils, teachers abducted in northeast Nigeria – officials
By Abdul Kareem
Days after 39 students of a college in the Northern Nigerian state of Kaduna were abducted, another set of pupils and teachers are confirmed to have gone missing after armed men attacked a school on Monday.
Attack on schools and abduction of pupils have almost become a daily occurrence as education centres gradually turn to money-making avenues for armed bandits.
Only on Friday had the government of Kaduna state confirmed the attack on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area where 39 female students were taken to captivity. They are yet to be rescued.
Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal affairs and security, in Kaduna state, said some primary school pupils and teachers in
Rema village of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of the state has been abducted.
“The Kaduna State Government is currently obtaining details on the actual number of pupils and teachers reported to have been kidnapped and will issue a comprehensive statement as soon as possible,” he told journalists.
Kaduna, a prominent state in northwest Nigeria has joined the league of states where education is under attack.
The Kaduna state government had on Friday claimed it had secured the rescue of180 during the attack, but has no explanation on the whereabouts of the 39 students.
The Nigerian government has so far spent billions of naira as payment to abductors in exchange for the release of abducted children.
The Rema abduction is the fifth mass abduction of school children in the northwest and central Nigeria in the last three months.
About two weeks ago, a total of 307 students of Government Science Secondary school in Ikara, Ikara local government area of Kaduna state, were rescued from bandits who attempted to kidnap them on Saturday night.
Details to come later.