Bandits abduct over 300 schoolgirls in Zamfara


Gunmen have abducted more than 300 schoolgirls at Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Zamfara police spokesman Mohammed Shehu has confirmed the incident.

An employee of the school who did not want to be named told the news media that the bandits arrived in the school around 1am on Friday with Hilux vehicles and motorcycles and forcefully evacuated the students.

The source said the bandits dressed like security operatives.

“When they came into the school, we thought they were security personnel but to our utmost fear and dismay, they started putting the girls into Hilux vehicles and motorcycles then drove out of the school,” the source said.

This incident comes about eight days after gunmen abducted over 40 students and employees of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State. They are yet to be released.

In December, dozens of gunmen abducted 344 schoolboys from the town of Kankara in Katsina State. They were freed after six days but the government denied a ransom had been paid.

The most notorious kidnapping in recent years was when Boko Haram militants abducted 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in Borno State in April 2014.

Most of the girls have been found or rescued by the army, or freed in negotiations between the government and Boko Haram for a hefty ransom.

About 100 are still missing, either remaining with Boko Haram or dead.