In apparent continuous attacks on citadels of learning across Northern Nigeria, gunmen have allegedly abducted no fewer than 140 students after invading a private college located at Maraban Rido area in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The school, identified as Bethel Baptist School, located along Kaduna – Kachia road, was said to have been attacked by the unspecified gunmen during the early hours of Monday.
As gathered, the gunmen who stormed the learning facility in a gestapo style were said to have been shooting sporadically into the air to scare away possible rescuers before kidnapping the students.
The Guild learnt that four of the kidnapped students escaped while the rest were taken away by their assailants to an unknown destination.
Confirming the development, The Kaduna State Police Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige, said that a joint security team comprising the Police, Army, and others have rescued 17 of the abducted students.
“Yes, I can confirm to you that there was an incident at the school but the joint security team comprising the Police, Army, and others have rescued 17 students,” he said.
Meanwhile, hours after the bandits attack, the Kaduna State Government ordered the immediate closure of 13 schools in locations identified to be vulnerable to bandits attacks.
The government, through a directive by the Director-General, Quality Assurance Authority in the Ministry of Education, Umma Ahmed, to proprietors of private schools, said the closure was with immediate effect and warned school owners against failure to comply with the order.
Ahmed listed the names of the affected schools as Faith Academy, along Kachia Road adjacent to Jakaranda; Deeper Life Academy, Maraban Rido; ECWA Secondary School, Ungwar Maje and Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi.
ROthers are St. Peters Minor Seminary, Katari, Prelude Secondary School, Kujama, Ibiso Secondary school, Tashar Iche, Tulip International (Boys) School, and Tulip international (Girls) School.
Also on the list are Goodnews Secondary School, St. Augustine, Kujama, Comprehensive Development Institution (CDI), Tudun Mare, and Adventist College, Kujama.
“You are hereby advised to adhere to the contents of this letter as appropriate sanctions shall be meted out to schools that are found wanting for non-compliance, please,” the statement reads.