Bandits Strike Again, Kidnaps 140 Students In Kaduna State

About 140 students have been kidnapped from Bethel Baptist high school, Kaduna state, after bandits overpowered the security staff on Sunday, July 4 2021.

Emmanuel Paul, a teacher at the school, told reporters that the bandits took about 165 students, but 25 managed to escape. The rest were carted away by unidentified gunmen popularly known as bandits.

“The gunmen climbed over the fence to enter the school… everything indicates that they arrived on foot,” he reported.

The Kaduna state police spokesperson, Muhammed Jalige, confirmed the attack but could not give details on the number of pupils taken.

“Tactical police teams went after the kidnappers… We are still on the rescue mission,” he said.

The recent school attack would be the third major attack in the state within three days.
Local sources reported the abduction of not less than 15 persons, including two nurses and a baby, from the Kaduna State hospital on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

Commissioner For Internal Security and Home Affairs Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, announced the brutal killing of seven people in a nearby locality in the state.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who recently withdrew his children from a government-run public school, is yet to comment on the recent attacks.

El-Rufai blamed his action on the state of insecurity in the state. He added that the move was necessary as he had received intel on the planned kidnap of his children.

Patsy Nwogu

Reporting on data-driven featured stories and investigations.

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