Security

Again, bandits invade Zamfara school, abduct students

By Oladele Owodina

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have abducted students from Kaya Junior Secondary School in Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

The notorious gunmen who terrorise the northern region stormed the school with motorcycles kn Wednesday afternoon and shot sporadically before abducting the students.

Details of the abductions are still sketchy but SaharaReporters reports that a source privy to the incident confirmed the attack and said many students were abducted.

The source said, “There was an abduction of students just now in Kaya town, Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

“The gunmen who were in large number came to Kaya Junior Secondary School and abduct large number of students.”

 According to Channels TV report, the assailant invaded the school around 11 am on Wednesday.

NewsWireNGR recalls bandits had few weeks ago abducted some students and teachers at the College of Agriculture and Animal Health in Bakura in the state.

The abductors later demanded N350 million for their release, according to the provost of the college, Habibu Mainasara.

The students were later released 11 days after they were kidnapped.

The state government in reaction to the spate of kidnapping in the state had ordered that transportation of livestock beyond the state’s borders be suspended.

Governor Bello Matawalle also declared; “Henceforth, all filling stations in the state are banned from selling fuel except in Gusau and the 14 local government headquarters. In addition, no eligible filling station is allowed to sell fuel of more that N10,000 to a single customer.

“Similarly, the sale of fuel in jerry cans is disallowed in all filling stations while roadside purchase (popularly known as black market) are entirely banned.

“Governor Matawalle further announced that all weekly markets across the state are suspended, but normal market activities of buying and selling for local consumptions are exempted from the ban.

“The Government further ordered that the transportation of livestock to and from the State is henceforth suspended while the transportation of food across the state and outside the state must be verified to authenticate its destination, otherwise [it] will be seized and taken to the orphanage.

“The new rules further include the banning of riding on motorcycles and tricycles from 6pm to 6am in the state except the state capital which starts by 8pm to 6am everyday. Furthermore, any tricycle that is covered will be stopped to verify its passengers, otherwise will be apprehended.

“Governor Matawalle reiterated the ban on more than two persons riding a motorcycle and warned that those who break the law stand the risk of being shot at by security operatives.

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