Not less than one individual was confirmed useless within the newest in a string of college kidnapping raids the nation has seen this yr.
“Armed bandits on board bikes of their numbers invaded Tegina city, Rafi LGA, capturing indiscriminately and kidnapped a but to be ascertained variety of kids at Salihu Tanko Islamic college,” state police stated.
“The bandits shot one individual useless within the course of,” the police assertion added. In line with state police officers, tactical groups had been “instantly mobilized” as a part of effort to rescue the victims. “The Command requires calm because the Police and different safety companies shall do every part humanly attainable to make sure that the kids are rescued unharmed,” state police stated.
A spokeswoman for Niger State Authorities, Mary Noel-Berje, advised CNN on Monday that no less than 11 of the kids kidnapped throughout the raid had been later let out.
“11 kids had been launched due to their tenderness…the little or no ones that could not undergo the bush path, the abductors’ escape route, had been launched,” Noel-Berje stated.
In line with the federal government spokeswoman, the varsity focused within the assault contains of kindergarten, elementary and center college age kids.
“The federal government is working to determine the variety of kids kidnapped. A house-to-house rely is ongoing,” she added.
It additionally comes days after college students from Greenfield College, Kaduna, had been freed. 5 of the scholars had been killed by their abductors whereas in captivity.
Kidnapping has change into one of many main safety challenges in Nigeria and lots of of scholars have been kidnapped in several mass kidnappings in northern Nigeria since December. Some state governors frequently pay ransoms to safe the security of victims however not often admit to doing so.
Marauding teams, recognized regionally as bandits, function from forest enclaves in northwestern Nigeria, the place they arrange assaults and kidnappings on rural areas and Nigeria’s main highway networks.
Between June 2011 and the top of March 2020, an estimated $18.34 million was paid in ransoms, in accordance with Lagos-based SBM Intelligence in a report final yr titled “The economics of the kidnap business in Nigeria.”