Crime and Security

Gunmen abduct 200 Islamiyya students in Niger state

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No fewer than 200 students of an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in Rafi local government Area of Niger State have been abducted by unknown gunmen on Sunday, May 30.

One person was reportedly shot dead while another is currently in a critical condition in a hospital after the gunmen carried out the attack at about 4:30pm on Sunday.

A resident of the area, Zayyad Mohammed, confirmed the incident saying that the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school where the incident occurred was built by a retired Immigration officer. According to him, this Islamiyya school is not the usual Sangaya boarding Islamic citadel, but a conventional one where parents send their children on a daily basis for the purpose of acquiring Islamic education.

Another resident who confirmed the incident, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane said the number of the abducted students is still unknown.

“Yes, there was an attack at the Islamiyya school, but we do not yet have the exact number of students that were abducted. We are in touch with parents in the area to know those whose children were abducted.”

Matane who is the chairman of the state Security committee also said that while the attack in Tegina was going on, there were simultaneous attacks in Lavun LGA and some fringes of Mashegu LGA.

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