Again: Bandits abduct at least 70 college students from Zamfara State

Gunmen suspected to be bandits kidnapped at least 70 children from the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Bakura in Zamfara state, police on Wednesday.

Police said a large number of armed bandits invaded the Government Day Secondary School in the village of Kaya in rural Zamfara state at 11:22 am local time.

Armed gangs seeking ransoms have kidnapped more than 1,100 pupils in more than a dozen attacks on schools or colleges across northwest Nigeria since December 2020, adopting a tacticfirstused by Islamist insurgents in the northeastern part of the West African nation.

The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkana, conveyed the governor’s directive while addressing journalists on the new security measures in the state.

“I wish to inform the general public that His Excellency the executive governor of Zamfara State has ordered the closure of all schools within the state, both primary and secondary schools that are existing here are now closed with immediate effect,” the Commissioner said.

“The command…has deployed search and rescue team that was mandated to work in synergy with the military to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students,” Zamfara police spokesman Mohammed Shehu said in the statement.

The abducted students of the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Bakura in Zamfara State have appealed to Governor Bello Matawalle and the government to pay the ransom demanded by their abductors within 24 hours.

In a video clip that made its way to the internet yesterday, the students were seen begging the state government to pay the ransom to ensure they are released by the bandits.

The students and some of the female staff were also seen squatting and blindfolded with the heavily armed men surrounding them.

The government also restricted movement – from 6pm to 6am- in 13 local government areas. But for Gusau, the capital, movement restriction will be from 8pm to 6am

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