Kagara abduction from Government Science College in Niger State is the biggest gist that has been giving both the Nigerians and Government of the country serious headache at the moment.
It was on Wednesday morning that the gunmen invaded the Government Science College which is situated at Kagara town in Niger State (North Central Nigeria) to abduct over 30 students including teachers.
One student who escaped the Kagara abduction told BBC that his friend died after gunmen shot him thrice before others were abducted.
He began by saying that the ugly incident started at about 2am when one of his friends woke up to urinate and started observing the footsteps of some people who were coming from the back of the school.
“So my friend immediately woke me up saying, I should come and see some people with shiny torchlights as they enter our school, at first I didn’t take that seriously. I told him that he should go back to sleep but as he used his own torchlights to shine, the people put off their own.”
“Some minutes after, they invaded our hostel and began to wake students one by one, as you open your eye, they will point a gun at you and persuade you to keep quiet or else you will die.”
He added that one of the students confidently shouted saying ‘thieves oh’ and telling everybody to run, that was the moment when students started running.
But the one that was so painful to me is that of my friend got killed by the gunmen.
“I and him gisted the night before the incident, He even said goodnight as he goes to bed.
But after some time, people started running in a bid to escape through the window and when my friend wanted to do so, the gunmen fired a shot at him three times, in fact, parts of his brain came out because of the shots.”
According to the student, It’s was just God that saved them because he and 10 other students bent down in one corner of the hostel and as a result of that, gunmen could not find them despite moving around to check whether people are still there or not.
The student also said that the gunmen came in army uniform and they spent about three hours inside the school premises before they abducted people including a teacher with his wife and children.
When asked whether the students used any vehicle or motorcycle, he said they all used their legs to trek and it was still the same way that the gunmen used to transport them.
Presently Federal Government delegation and the state government are seriously working to bring back the abducted students.
Also on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari held an emergency meeting with Northern Governors with respect to the current insecurity troubling the region.
Federal Government And Niger State Authorities Rescue Mission
Niger State Government officials have begun the journey to meet with Fulani Leaders and repentant bandits linked to those gunmen that abducted Students from Kagara in a bid to secure their release.
One of the officials said that both the federal and state government have reached an agreement to adopt a close door to negotiate with the bandit so that the students can be freed as soon as possible.
The Kagara abduction happened less than three months after about 300 students were abducted from Kankara school in Katsina State.
It is understandable that after a series of negotiations, the Kankara students were released from their custody.
Meanwhile, local reports gathered that the authority has now contacted some popular repentant Fulani bandits from Katsina and Zamfara States in order to help communicate better to the abductors.
Below are some pictures of the students and others abducted — and what they left behind.
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