Newspapers review: Escapee says bandits killed two students

Newspapers review: Escapee says bandits killed two students

The newspapers review for Tuesday, December 15, mainly focuses on the abduction of some students from a school in Kankara, Katsina state.

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Vanguard has been told that two students who were among those abducted by insurgents from a government-owned secondary school have died.

Newspapers reviews: Escapee narrates how 2 students were killed by kidnappers in Katsina
The front page of Vanguard newspaper for Dec 15. Photo: Vanguard
Source: UGC

A grieving mother, Hajia Faiza Kankara, whose son was among the abducted students told the newspaper that an escapee confirmed the killing of two of his colleagues.

She said:

“My son, Usman Tahir is in SS2 class. He is still missing. One of the students who returned Sunday night said they were 520; that includes two that were killed and himself, who escaped.”

She faulted the narrative by the government that only 10 children are missing.

The boy who escaped from the kidnappers reportedly said the bandits feed them with leaves and beat them like cattle.

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In a related report, some residents of Kankara have told The Punch newspaper that the abductors first took abducted schoolboys to neighbouring villages.

Newspapers reviews: Escapee narrates how 2 students were killed by kidnappers in Katsina
The front page of The Punch newspaper for Dec 15. Photo: The Punch
Source: UGC

A retired civil servant, who spoke anonymously told the newspaper that the bandits brought the abducted students to a place close to Pauwa before taking them to unknown locations.

He said:

“They brought the abducted students to somewhere around Pauwa that night before moving them out again. Maybe the attack was a reprisal as I learnt some communities around Kankara recently attacked and even killed some Fulani.”

Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed that the abduction of the students from the Kankara school occurred on Friday night, December 11.

According to The Nation, Maj.-Gen John Enenche, the spokesperson for the Defence Operations made the disclosure during his appearance on Channels TV.

Newspapers reviews: Escapee narrates how 2 students were killed by kidnappers in Katsina
The front page of The Nation newspaper for Dec 15. Photo: The Nation
Source: UGC

He said the abductors took the boys away on motorcycles.

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Enenche stated that:

“The assailants came to the school premises on Friday night, shot dead one of the two policemen on guard, incapacitated the other and entered the facility. They shoot sporadically into the air. The pupils were already sleeping.”

In another report, armed thugs brandishing machetes have disrupted a security review summit organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) in Kaduna,

The Guardian reported that the meeting was organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) to adopt common strategies against the insecurity in some northern states.

Newspapers reviews: Escapee narrates how 2 students were killed by kidnappers in Katsina
The front page of The Guardian newspaper for Dec 15. Photo: The Guardian
Source: UGC

However, shortly after the meeting commenced, some thugs allegedly invaded Arewa House, the venue, and chased out the participants and stakeholders just as they vandalised properties.

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