The Nigeria Police Force have said 317 students were abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits on Friday.
Abutu Yaro, the Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State, confirmed this while addressing journalists at the Jangebe forest on Friday.
According to Yaro, the figure was given to him by the principal of the college.
“Three hundred and seventeen students were abducted, as presented to me by the principal,” the police officer said.
The CP disclosed that a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to rescuing the abducted students.
He stated that the Force Commander, Operation Hadarin Daji, Major-General Aminu Bande; Brigade Commander 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army Gusau, and other state government officials led a heavily armed re-enforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to have been whisked to.
Yaro appealed to the parents of the abducted students to be calm, saying that the joint efforts of the police and other security agencies will lead to a successful rescue of the students.