- Another day, another attack by armed bandits in the northwest state of Kaduna
- Even more worrying is the fact that the terrorists have targeted another school while holding on to some students at the moment
- Fortunately, the latest attack was foiled by the gallant efforts of the Nigerian military
Armed bandits have attacked Government Science Secondary School, Ikara in Kaduna state.
The armed men invaded the school in the early hours of Sunday, March 14 but their plot to abduct students was foiled by the military, according to Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs in the state.
Aruwan, a former spokesman for Governor Nasir El-rufai, also confirmed that all 307 students of the school are safe.
Daily Trust quoted Aruwan as saying:
“The Kaduna state government has called this briefing to address you on some recent events with respect to the security situation in the State.
“Between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of today, suspected bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara local government area, in an attempt to kidnap students.
“Fortunately, the students utilized the security warning system in place and were thus able to alert security forces in the area.
“The security forces comprising the troops of the Nigerian Army, police, and some security volunteers moved swiftly to the school and engaged the bandits, forcing them to flee. The attempted kidnap was foiled.”
The incident happened on the same day another set of bandits made a second attempt to abduct people at the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) quarters in Kaduna state.
Meanwhile, the bandits who abducted 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna state have demanded N500 million for their release.
The terrorists released three videos showing the students in a thick forest where they are being held.
The students through a video posted via social media appealed to the Nigerian government to come to their rescue by paying the N500 million demanded by their abductors.
In the video, one female student begged the Nigerian government not to send soldiers to rescue them, saying that the bandits have threatened that none of them will be released if soldiers are sent to the area.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.