One of the teachers of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, has narrated some of what happened during Friday’s terrorist attack on their school.
Gunmen had stormed the all female secondary school in the early hours of Friday, abducting about 300 students according to reports.
Speaking with a Daily Trust correspondent, the teacher said the gunmen first attacked soldiers in the town before storming the school.
“When the gunmen laid siege, they attacked the soldiers stationed in the community before they gained entry into the school. Some people told us that they stationed vehicles at the outskirts of the school.” he narrated .
The teacher also said that after the abduction, not more than 50 students could be accounted for in the school which has a population of over 600 students.
He said some parents whose children were abducted slumped in the school while those who found their children unharmed, made efforts to take them away but the school authorities initially stopped them for safety concerns.
However, the parents were said to have reacted negatively, forcing the authorities to allow them have their way.
“Initially, the school authorities prevented them from going with the remaining students but they got angry and began to pull down doors and windows of the buildings in the school and the authorities had to yield to their demands,” he said.
“Security Operatives and the local vigilante groups are trailing the gunmen and dozens of other residents have volunteered to take part in the search,” he further revealed.
Earlier, the state commissioner for information and culture, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau Anka, said the exact number of abducted students is yet to be ascertained.
“We are yet to verify the exact number of the students kidnapped. Security operatives have launched a manhunt for the criminals.” he said.