The spokesman of the Zamfara State Police Command, SP. Muhammad Shehu has said that no student was abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki, Zamfara, in the May 1 attack, but only two caterers and their three children were later discovered missing after the attack.
Shehu who made the confirmation in a statement in Gusau on Thursday, said police operatives acted promptly to stop the gunmen from gaining entry into the students’ hostel after they were alerted.
“On the 1st May 2019 at about 2130hrs, DPO Zurmi received a distress call that unidentified number of armed men entered Government Girls Secondary school Moriki through the back fence with intent to attack the school and abduct students.
“On the spur of the moment, a combined team of PMF/CTU/ and Civilian JTF personnel headed by the DPO mobilised to the school and confronted the armed men and stopped them from gaining access to the students’ hostels” he stated
According to Shehu, the armed men took a retreat back into the bush.
“No students were abducted as earlier reported by some media outfits; however, two 2 caterers and three of their children were later discovered missing.
“The police are collaborating with the school authority to establish the whereabouts of the missing persons.
“A search and rescue operation team has been dispatched to the surrounding bushes for an extensive combing”, he added.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the school and its environs to forestall future occurrence.
Shehu called on members of the public to be very vigilant and report any suspicious character to the police for prompt response