Nigeria’s insecurity worsens as bandits again kidnap students in Kaduna private school
Nigeria’s insecurity crisis has hit an all-time high as bandits in the early hours of Monday again abducted some students of the Bethel Baptist School in Maraban Rido in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, just hours after they abducted babies from the residential quarters of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Center in Zaria, Kaduna.
Periscope International gathered from local eyewitnesses in the town that the bandits invaded the school at about 2am on Monday and started shooting guns sporadically in the air to scare people off before abducting the hapless students and made away with them.
Recounting what happened, Ahmed Shuaibu, an eyewitness and resident of the town, said, “They came in the dead of the night, few hours before daybreak and, although no one was killed by the bandits, many students were abducted, but four escaped and ran back to the school.”
Northern Nigeria and, particularly, Kaduna State, has become a huge kidnapping field with an open-ended spate of kidnappings targeting schools recently.
The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai recently secretly withdrew his son from a public school where he had publicly enrolled him with funfair to demonstrate his commitment to turnaround the fortunes of public schools in the state.
Rufai told the press over the weekend that he was compelled to withdraw his son from the school in the face of a wave of abduction for ransom targeting schools, since the turn of the year, stressing that he had received intelligence report that his son was a target of the bandits.
The Kaduna State Police Command spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, had yet to officially comment on the incident at the time of filing this report.