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Police says a total of 73 students were abducted from Government Day Secondary School, Zamfara

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A total of 73 students were abducted from Government Day Secondary School, Kaya, according to the police.

ionigeria.com can confirm that the school is located in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara. The abduction took place on Wednesday morning.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Mohammed Shehu, the Police Public Relations Officer in Zamfara, said security has been beefed up in the community where the incident occurred.

“The Zamfara state police command wishes to confirm the abduction of 73 students of Government Day Secondary school, Kaya in Maradun LGA.”

“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by large number of armed bandits that occurred today at exactly 1122hrs,” the statement reads.

“The command under the leadership of CP Ayuba N Elkanah 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.

“Security has also been beefed up at Kaya Village and environs to forestall further attack on the communities.

“Further development will be made known to members of the public,” he said.

The abduction, which came barely five days after some students of the  College of Agriculture and Animals Science, Bakura, were released, occurred around 11 am when the students were sitting their examinations.

As of the time the gunmen were attacking the Kaya school, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, was attending a prayer session organised by his administration, where he called on the residents of the state to rise up and fight the bandits back.

In its reaction to the latest incident, the Arewa Consultative Forum expressed sadness over the attack and abduction of the students.

Although residents of the community said 76 students were taken away by the bandits, the police confirmed the abduction of 73 from the school in the Maradun Local Government Area, where the governor hails from.

It was learnt that the students were in their classrooms when the gunmen stormed the school and asked them to march out.

Findings indicated that some of the students managed to escape as the gunmen were taking their colleagues away.

The attack happened a day after Governor Bello Matawalle ordered the closure of some markets and roads.

He had also directed filling stations to limit the amount of fuel sold to vehicles.

Schools in Zamfara have been shut while a dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in the state.

Bandits are currently wreaking havoc across the North West.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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