Kebbi School Abduction: Troops Rescue Another Teacher, Three Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State where an unconfirmed number of students and staff were abducted on Thursday.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army operating under the auspices of Operation Hadarin Daji supported by the Nigerian Air Force component have rescued more abductees of the Federal Government College Birnin Yawuri in Kebbi State.

A statement signed on Sunday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, disclosed that one teacher and three students were rescued on Saturday at Makuku in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

According to the statement, the troops also killed one bandit, recovered nine motorcycles and four phones from the fleeing bandits.

Nwachukwu also noted that additional troops have now been deployed to dominate the forest.

Two teachers and five students had been rescued on Friday by the gallant troops in a coordinated firefight with the kidnappers.

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The incident is the latest in a series of increasing school abductions across the country.

Bandits had attacked the school in the early hours of Thursday, whisking away a yet to be confirmed number of students and teachers.

The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the Northwest zone, Air Commodore Abubakar Abdulkadir, in a communique on Friday said the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours of the day and engaged them in a gun duel which forced them to abandon five students, and a teacher.

One of the abducted students of the college, unfortunately, died.

“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.

He added, “At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”

Air Commodore Abdulkadir also disclosed that 11 trucks of rustled cows were also intercepted in Zamfara State.

He said troops got credible intelligence about the rustled animals and were instructed to lay an ambush which led to the recovery of the cattle.

Five Rescued As Troops Engage Abductors Of Kebbi Students

A screengrab showing a part of the school in Kebbi State.

 

One of the abducted students of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri in Kebbi State has died.

However, five others, comprising four students and a teacher have been rescued by the Joint Taskforce Component of Operation Hadari Daji.

The Deputy Force Commander of the Joint Taskforce in the North-West Zone, Air Commodore Abubakar AbdulKadir, confirmed this on Friday to reporters in Zamfara State.

He explained that the troops came in contact with the bandits in the early hours and engaged them in a gun duel, which forced them to abandon five of the students and a teacher.

One of the students whose identity was not revealed later died, although the military officer did not specifically state how it happened.

“In the early hours of this morning, we have come across the kidnappers. They came to our blocking point, and we engaged them,” Abdulkadir said.

He added, “At that point, they abandoned five of the students and one of the teachers. Unfortunately, I think we have lost one of the students.”

The Deputy Force Commander also disclosed that the troops recovered 155 rustled animals at the Jageme area in Magami District of Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

He said they got credible intelligence about the rustled animals and troops were instructed to lay an ambush which led to their recovery.

AbdulKadir said the animals in about 12 trucks were sold to some persons at Yartasha Market in Magami District while the troops have been trailing the rustled animals for about five days before they were recovered on Thursday night.

According to him, investigations are ongoing to apprehend other buyers and sellers of the rustled animals.

How Bandits Fulfilled Their Promise To Attack Kebbi School – Lawmaker

 

A member of the House of Representatives, Tanko Sununu, has described the attack on the Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri in Kebbi State, as a promise fulfilled by bandits.

The lawmaker who represents Ngaski/ Shanga/ Yauri Federal Constituency noted that Thursday’s incident was the latest in the chains of attacks on communities in the area.

While featuring as a guest on Sunrise Daily on Friday, he narrated what transpired in the build-up to the attack that left a yet-to-be-ascertained number of students of the school missing.

“What really happened is that about two weeks ago, we had an episode when bandits residing within parts of the areas bordering Zamfara, Niger, and Kebbi came up through one of the villages in my constituency.

“They killed a policeman and found their way until they reached Ibeto area where we have a quarry, killed some security men and kidnapped some of the foreign workers in the quarry and left,” the lawmaker said during the Channels Television breakfast show.

He added, “10 days later, they came back to the same area and entered into my constituency bordering some villages, and they had more than a seven-hour field operation going from house to house, room to room, collecting money, phones, cows, and any machine they deemed useful for their operations, and they left a message behind that they would soon be back.

“To fulfill their promise yesterday, we had intelligence that they were on their way coming. Around 10:30 in the morning, they reached their final destination – the Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri.”

 

A Major Success

Sununu noted that as soon as the bandits got to the school, they were faced with a tough task as they were initially resisted and engaged in a gunfight by operatives of the Mobile Police and Police Counter-Terrorism Unit stationed at the school.

He disclosed that the fire exchange lasted for a long period before the bandits overpowered the security operatives due to their large number.

Mr Tanko Sununu

 

The bandits, the lawmaker stated, succeeded in killing a policeman and gained access into the school and abducted an unspecified number of students and five teachers.

He explained that it was difficult to ascertain the exact number of students abducted as parents from nearby villages and towns raced to the school to take their children away immediately after the incident.

Sununu, however, gave an assurance that the military has swung into action, noting that progress has been made.

He said, “As at last night, I had a discussion with the Field Commander of Operation Hadarin Daji who said that they have succeeded in entering into the den of the kidnappers and I think this is a major success because the security agencies are now taking the fight to the base of the kidnappers.

“I was also told that over 800 cattle that were rustled some days back have been recovered and as of now, the military has combed the area where we are expecting that the students are with the bandits. They have also succeeded in creating many casualties on the part of the bandits.”

Kaduna Abduction: How Attack On Another Secondary School Was Foiled – Army

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

An attempt by armed bandits to kidnap students of the Turkish International Secondary School in Kaduna State was thwarted on Friday, the Nigerian Army has said.

Acting on a tip-off on the impending abduction of the school children in the Rigachikun area of the state, troops of Quick Response Force of 1 Division of the army quickly mobilised to protect the school from the bandits.

Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who is the Director of Army Public Relations, disclosed this in a statement.

While the troops were securing the school, the army spokesman said another distress call was received that bandits had stormed the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka.

He explained that the troops swiftly moved to the scene in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state and decisively engaged the armed bandits to prevent them from kidnapping the staff and students of the school.

 

“Following the firefight, troops were able to rescue 180 persons, comprising of 132 male students, 40 female students, and eight civilian staff.

“The bandits were said to have broken into the institution by breaching the perimeter fence of the school,” the statement said.

According to Yerima, the rescued students have been evacuated to a safe place while the injured were taken to a military facility for medical attention.

He stated that a combined team of operatives from the army, air force, police, and the Department of State Service (DSS) have been drafted to the forest in pursuit of the bandits.

Following the attack on the college, the Kaduna State government said a total of 39 students were yet to be accounted for.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, noted that 23 female and 16 male students were still missing.

He stated that efforts were being sustained by the security agencies to track the missing students.

The school is just a few kilometres away from the Nigerian Defence Academy, and it also not too far from the Kaduna International Airport Road which is one of the hotbeds of banditry and kidnapping in the state.

School Abduction: 39 Students Still Missing – Kaduna Govt

The Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Inset: Troops of the Nigerian Army.

 

The Kaduna State government has confirmed that a total of 39 students are missing after gunmen attacked the Federal College of Forestry in the state.

Mr Samuel Aruwan, who is the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

He noted that 23 female and 16 male students have yet to be accounted for following the early morning attack on the school located in the Afaka area of Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The commissioner, however, gave an assurance that the state government was maintaining close communication with the management of the college.

He added that efforts were being sustained by the security agencies to track the missing students who were apparently abducted by the bandits.

The attackers were reported to have invaded the school through a fence and went straight to the school hostel and abducted many students and staff.

But the arrival of troops of the Nigerian Army was said to have prevented the bandits from taking more students into captivity.

 

According to Aruwan, the troops managed to repel the attackers and successfully rescued 180 students and staff of the college.

Some parents, who had dashed to the school to take their children home upon hearing the news of the abduction, were disappointed to hear that their children were among the victims.

One of them was Mrs Angelina Balabe, whose daughter, Blessing, was taken away by the bandits.

She appealed to the authorities concerned to ensure the safe return of her child and others kidnapped by the bandits.

The school is just a few kilometres away from the Nigerian Defence Academy, and it also not too far from the Kaduna International Airport Road which is one of the hotbeds of banditry and kidnapping in the state.

The college has now been deserted as all the students have vacated while security has been beefed up around the institution.