A resident, who witnessed the kidnapping of 27 students and 15 workers of Government Science College, Kagara in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, has described how the kidnappers tied their victims in pairs and took them away.
The man, who lives close to the school, confided in The PUNCH on Wednesday that the bandits, who wore a military uniform, stormed the school at 2 am.
When newsmen got to the school on Wednesday, they observed that many buildings including classrooms and hostels were dilapidated.
The source, who described how the incident occurred , disclosed that before moving to the GSS Kagara , the bandits had parked their motorcycles close to Attahiru Secondary School , a distance of one kilometre to the GSS Kagara .
He stated , “ When they ( the victims ) were being taken away , I saw that they were tied in pairs and marched to where the motorcycles were parked from where they were taken into the bush .”
A worker of the school, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the gunmen entered the school from the rear , where the fence had fallen .
According to him, they headed to the staff quarters , where 15 workers , including teachers were kidnapped before going to students ’ hostel .
According to the source, a senior secondary school 3 , Bejamin Abila , who raised the alarm when the bandits were approaching the hostel was shot dead .
“ They abducted 27 students in the hostel and tied all the abductees in pairs before taking them out of the school, ” the source stated .
Another source lamented the dilapidation of the school, saying it was prone to bandits ’ attacks .
Khamis Tahir , a parent of a worker in the school, in an interview, said “ I got a call that kidnappers had invaded the Government Science College, Kagara. Immediately after my prayer, I moved down to the school. I realized that my daughter together with some students had been kidnapped. We are here and many security agents have been moving up and down here”, but up till now we have not heard anything.”