The Niger State Government has confirmed that 27 students, three teachers and 12 family members were abducted from the Government Science College in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday.
Gunmen suspected to be bandits stormed the school premises at about 2:00am, overpowered the security guard and carried out the abduction.
The number of persons taken away was not initially known, until a headcount was conducted.
The attackers also killed a student in the school.
Muhammad Sani Idris, spokesman of the state government, confirmed the number of kidnapped students to AFP.
“They kidnapped 42 people from the school. They took away 27 students, along with three teachers. One student was killed. They also kidnapped 12 family members of the teachers,” he was quoted to have said on phone.
Also, Ahmed Matane, secretary to the state government, confirmed the incident in an interview on Arise TV.
”The gunmen came camouflaging in school uniforms. That was how they got into the school. They started by attacking the staff quarters before they got to the dormitory where the students were. They were able to abduct three staff and twelve family members of the staff. After holding on to those staff and their families, they now moved into the dormitory were students were.
“As at this morning, they had kidnapped 27 students. One student was unfortunately shot dead,” he said.
He, however, dismissed reports that some of the abducted students have escaped from their captors.
The incident comes after bandits released a video of travellers they kidnapped on a highway in the state on Sunday.
The victims, comprising children, men and women, were said to be returning from a wedding in Rijau local government on February 14, when they were ambushed.
Their abductors are reportedly demanding N500 million for their release.