As if in response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s no amnesty for bandits and criminal elements rampaging the Northern part of the country, gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted over 300 schoolgirls at Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Northwest of Nigeria.
A staff of the school, who under the condition of anonymity, said the bandits arrived in the school around 1 am on Friday with Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and forcefully evacuated the students.
He narrated that some of the bandits were in uniforms and pretended to be security personnel, then later broke into the students’ hostels and abducted more than 300 students.
“When they came into the school, we thought they were security personnel but to our utmost fear and dismay, they started putting the girls into Hilux vehicles and motorcycles then drove out of the school,” the source said, adding that the bandits were in the school for several hours without any challenge due to absence of the security agents.
The Zamfara abduction occurred about a week after gunmen kidnapped dozens of students and workers of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State.