Reports coming out of Kaduna State confirms the invasion of the Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Rido in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State by Bandits in the early hours of Monday and kidnapping no fewer than 140 students.
A teacher in the school, Emmanuel Paul, in an interview with journalists, stated that 140 students were abducted by the bandits, who attacked the school at around 1am.
“They came at 1am and made away with 140 students,” he said.
Though, the State police said a few hours after the abduction, security agents rescued 26 of the abducted students, a report which has been denied by some parents. According to a Parent who said,
“In fact, the students that they were claiming to have rescued, came back on their own. The security agent did not rescue anybody. They have already started saying that soldiers rescued them and even when some soldiers were killed. So no soldier rescued any child.”
Another parent, John Biver, who claimed that he got to the school at 6am, said he saw some students return and that operatives never rescued them.
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna State chapter has hereby urged the Federal Government to devise fresh strategies to stop incessant abductions in the country.
A few hours after the latest kidnapping in Kaduna, it was learnt that two security agents were killed by the bandits who laid an ambush after the incident.
A source said, “We learnt that after rescuing some of the students, two of the security operatives were killed during an ambush by the bandits.”
It also was learnt the bandits broke the perimeter fence and went straight to the boys’ hostel, where they forcefully led some students to the girls hostel.
A student, who escaped to the back of the hostel during the raid, said the abducted schoolboys were made to stay in front of girls’ hostel where female students were forced out and jointly taken away with the boys.
A parent, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said when the bandits arrived at the school, “They started shooting sporadically and headed straight to the boys hostel. They had a field day before proceeding to the female hostel. From there, they took the students into the bush through the broken perimeter fencing.”
Following the abduction, aggrieved parents barricaded the Kaduna – Kachia highway and called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the state.
There was commotion as some of the parents stormed the school as early as 4am when they learnt about the attack.
The protesting parents, who sat in the middle of the highway and refused to leave, vowed that they would remain in the school until they were reunited with their children.
To this effect, some schools have had to closed till further notice which include:
Faith Academy, along Kachia Road adjacent to Jakaranda, Deeper Life Academy, Maraban Rido, ECWA Secondary School, Ungwar Maje and Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, St. Peters Minor Seminary, Katari; Prelude Secondary School, Kujama; Ibiso Secondary School, Tashar Iche; Tulip International (Boys) School and Tulip international (Girls) School, Goodnews Secondary School, St. Augustine Kujama, Comprehensive Development Institution, Tudun Mare and Adventist College, Kujama.