Fear, Panic, Students Evacuated From Abuja School As Bandits Attack Nearby Community

Fear, Panic, Students Evacuated From Abuja School As Bandits Attack Nearby Community

  • Following recent attacks in the country, Nigerian students are no longer safe in their schools following bandits fresh threat
  • The news of the attack at a nearby community in the nation's capital by bandits has forced parents to move their children from their hostels in Abuja school
  • Earlier, the bandits said their next target is President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state

Students of Federal Government College (FGC) Kwali, Abuja, have been evacuated from their hostels following an attack at a nearby community, Daily Trust reports.

Parents trooped to the school on Monday morning to evacuate their children from the unity college located at Sheda village, on the ever-busy Abuja-Lokoja highway.

Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, bandits
Parents evacuated their children from Abuja School as bandits attack a nearby community despite assurances by security chiefs. Photo credit: Buhari Sallau
Source: Twitter

It was gathered that the college on Monday morning, July 25, saw some parents evacuating their children.

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Parents react

A parent, Mrs. Babep Peace, disclosed that she came from Lagos to evacuate her two children after she received a call that the college management directed parents to evacuate their wards.

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She said she received the call at about 4:pm on Sunday, July 24, a situation which she said prompted her to board a night bus from Lagos, to Abuja.

“It was at 4pm on Sunday when one of my daughters called me through her guardians’ phone that the management asked parents to rush down to evacuate their children because of threat by suspected bandits to attack the college.”

Mrs. Peace added that it was quite unfortunate that the exams of her children had been disrupted, but it was better to take them home safely.

Another parent speaks

Another parent, Mr Obaniyi Oluwatokpe, revealed he was in Kabba, Kogi state, on Sunday night, July 24, when he also received a call from the college management.

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He said it was the fear he drove down to the college that he was told that bandits have threatened to attack the school.

A student share close details

An SS II student of the college, Rebbeca Samuel, who was seen moving out her bags, disclosed that some bandits attacked Sheda village on Saturday night, a situation which she caused panic.

She said:

“It was at about 12am on Saturday while we were sleeping inside the hostel that we suddenly heard gunshots which made the school management ask us to vacate the hostel.”

An official of the college, who is a member of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), told our reporter that the management directed parents to immediately evacuate their children because of the bandits’ attack on Sheda village.

He said:

“You know it is a fence that separates Sheda village from the school, and the attack by bandits on the village amid sporadic gunshots that Saturday, caused serious panic to both students and management.”

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Meanwhile, attempt to have access into the school were not successful as security men mounted the gate.

Nigerians react

Nigerians took to the official Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to the development.

Some described the update as worrisome others opined it is the right move.

Jimmy Otowo said

"If the president and Lie Muhammad are kidnapped, it will be the greatest story of century."

Ann Cosmas prayed

"May the almighty God protect our children."

Chinetugo Victoria lamented

"It's a pity this country has been conquered by terrorists. If FCT where the president lives is not safe, tell me where else is.
"It's just like saying schools in Washington DC should shut down."

Rosemary Mosina Egedegbe said

"What a shameless Government. What's Buhari APC led Government doing about the insecurity situation in the Country? I wonder what Tinubu's Campaign DG will tell Nigerians soon."

Ik Joseph Ezenwafor opined

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"APC effects and some fellows are still supporting APC to continue, buhari will even better than tinubu, I laughed in china. Only Peter Obi can end this mess genuinely without politics."

Adamu Ishaya stated

"Soon the IG of police and the presidency will tell us they're on top of the situation. Failed APC govt."

Ebonugwu Chika prayed

"Father please rise up for us in this country."

Paul Friday Umeaku who felt discouraged said

"Failed country."

Tochi Ubah Oparaugo said

"God punish the leadership of APC and that one that calls himself Bubu is heading off to Liberia to discuss security issue who chases rat in his neighbor house when his is on fire."

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In another related development, bandits have reportedly killed no fewer than 17 people and left several others severely injured after attacking a mining site managed by the Chinese Nationals at Ajata-Aboki in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro local government area of Niger state.

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The attack was launched on Wednesday afternoon, June 29, during which 17 persons, including mobile policemen guarding the miners and workers, were killed.

Legit.ng gathers that the attackers, reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons, were said to have arrived in the community around 2pm and headed to the mining site, shooting at anyone on sight.

Source: Legit.ng

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