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Just In: Gunmen kill one student, abduct teachers, others in Niger

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

No fewer than one student was reported to have been killed and dozens of others abducted from Government Science College, Kagara by some gunmen that stormed the school premises in Rafi Local Government, Niger State.

As gathered, the student killed by the gunmen was identified as Benjamin, and that some teachers and their relatives were abducted by the gunmen from the school during the attack.

The gunmen, the Guild learnt, stormed the school sited along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari-Kagara Road, Kagara at about 2 a.m on Wednesday and picked the students away from their learning center.

It was learnt that before the attack, the gunmen had infiltrated the school, resuming with other students in the school uniform to bypass the security at the entrance.

It was gathered that the gunmen began the attack from the staff quarters and ended the operations at the students’ hostels, where they left with the abducted victims.

The Guild gathered that the gunmen, after gaining access into the school which had about 1,000, overpowered the security guard at the premises before whisking away the students and staff.

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It was gathered that a staff of the school, Batagi, who was among those kidnapped was reported to have escaped while others that were not courageous were still held by the gunmen. They were identified as Mall. Lawal, Ali, Hannatu, and her husband, Dodo, Mohammed Abubakar(Akawu), among others.

Confirming the attack, the State Governor, Sani Bello, said that the government would not pay any ransom, rather, would engage the gunmen in dual and ensure all abductees were released.

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