Amid worsening insecurity, so-called bandits have attacked a secondary school in Katsina State, North-Central Nigeria and abducted at least 54 students, who were sleeping in their dormitories.
According to media reports, the armed bandits stormed Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara Local Government Area of the state on Friday night, causing students, and staff members to flee for their lives.
A headcount in the boarding school on Saturday, amid reports that hundreds of them had been abducted, revealed that 54 students are missing, a member of staff at the school told Channels TV on the condition of anonymity.
The staff said there were 884 students in the school at the time of the attack.
Earlier, the spokesperson of the Police Command in the state, Gambo Isah, and the principal of the school, Usman Abubakar, told the news network that 200 of the students who fled for safety were found by the divisional police officer in the area and returned.
The attack happened around 11.30p.m
According to Isah, policemen who were stationed at the school battled to stop the attack.
“There was exchange of fire between our policemen and the bandits. In fact, they shot one of our policemen and he has been taken to the hospital and is responding to treatment,” he said.
Meanwhile, Katsina governor, Aminu Masari has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state.
Director-General on Media to the governor, Abdu Labaran, announced this in a statement.
He said the governor took the decision on Saturday morning when he, his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, and other government officials visited Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara.