- One of the students kidnapped from the Federal Government College in Kebbi on Thursday, June 17, has reportedly died
- The student was said to have died when troops of the Nigerian Army engaged their abductors in a shootout on Friday, June 18
- Four students and a teacher were, however, rescued alive as the bandits abandoned them and fled
Birnin Yauri, Kebbi state - Troops of the Nigerian Army on Friday, June 18, exchanged gunfire with the armed bandits who kidnapped some students of the Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi state.
According to AbdulKadir, one of the students died in the encounter while four others and a teacher were rescued alive, The Cable also reported.
He explained that the kidnappers were engaged at a blocking point in the early hours of Friday.
Bandits invade federal government college, abduct several students
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that some armed bandits abducted an unspecified number of students from the Federal Government Girls College, Birnin Yauri, in Kebbi state, on Thursday, June 17.
A security operative was reportedly shot dead during the operation.
The spokesperson for the Kebbi state police command said five teachers of the school were also abducted by the bandits.
Parent’s vehicle used to evacuate students
Meanwhile, a fresh report has indicated that the bandits conveyed their victims in a bus belonging to a parent.
A teacher, who did not want his name disclosed, said that prior to the attack, they had received information on a plan to invade Birnin Yauri community.
He added that to prevent an attack on the school, a detachment of mobile policemen was deployed last week. However, the security operatives were overpowered in a shootout with the bandits.
Kebbi abduction: We've failed our children, Shehu Sani laments
The Kebbi abduction has again triggered bitter reactions and comments on the sorry state of Nigeria's security system.
The former senator noted that back in his school days, kidnapping of students and pupils was generally unheard of and strange.