There was pandemonium on Friday, when gunmen suspected to be bandits snatched National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO) final year examinations papers at Government Secondary School Unguwar Sarki, Kaduna State.
It was reported that the gunmen who stormed the school popularly known as “black and white”, where candidates were waiting to write their papers and took away the examination papers thinking it was money in the bag.
It was gathered that the incident caused confusion, as the students and teachers scampered to safety in the fear that the gunmen were kidnappers.
According to Daily Trust, Zubairu Shan’una, a former councillor of the area said the gunmen trailed the NECO supervisor in her car from a commercial bank where she collected the examination question papers and answer sheets and drove to the school premises.
Shan’una noted that the gunmen mistook the contents of the bag for money.
The attackers were said to have demanded that she hand over the bulk of the wrapped papers to them and threatened to shoot her if she refused.
Mubarak Ahmed, a student of the school, was quoted to have said that the robbers came into the school and carted away the examination papers.
“They only took away the examination papers without touching anybody and left with it thinking it was money,” he said.
Another final year student of the school, Fa’iza Usman, said the gunmen asked a staff of the school to hand over the bag containing the papers at gunpoint.
“It was after they left that we started running thinking they were kidnappers,” she said.