- More details are emerging on the recent abduction of students in Maradun local government area of Zamfara state
- The police command in the northwest state has confirmed the number of children taken away by the unknown criminals
- Mohammed Shehu, the police spokesman, said security has been beefed up in the community following the ugly incident
Zamfara - The Zamfara state police command has confirmed that a total of 73 students were taken away by gunmen in Government Day Secondary school, Kaya in Maradun LGA, Zamfara state, Daily Trust reports.
Recall that the incident occurred on Wednesday, September 1, at about 11 am sparking outrage across Nigeria.
The Zamfara state police public relations officer, Mohammed Shehu, said the abduction followed the invasion of the school by large number of armed bandits.
Premium Times also confirming the report revealed that Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday, said security has been beefed up in the community where the incident occurred,
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The police spokesman said CP Ayuba N Elkanah, the leader of the command has deployed search and rescue team in collaboration with the military to ensure the safe rescue of the students kidnapped by the criminals.
Another northern governor shuts schools, imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew
Earlier, the Zamfara government reportedly announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew on 13 local government areas of the state.
The commissioner of police in the state, Ayuba Elkana, announced the curfew on Wednesday, September 1, in Gusau, the state capital.
According to Elkana, the 6pm to 6am curfew takes effect immediately until further notice. The police boss said it is part of measures to tackle the growing banditry and kidnapping in the state.
Insecurity: Governor Matawalle orders closure of major markets in Zamfara
Meanwhile, all major markets in Zamfara state have been shut following an order by Governor Bello Matawalle.
The governor also ordered the closure of all filling stations in local areas. He further directed that there should be no selling of fuel even in jerry cans.
Matawalle said the move becomes necessary considering the resurgence of banditry and kidnapping in the state. He also directed security operatives to shoot at any motorcycle carrying more than two persons if refused to stop for arrest.