Some students of Government Girls Secondary School in Zamfara State, who managed to escape from bandits on Friday, have revealed that there were women among the armed gang who took them.
The school, which is located in Jangebe, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state, came under attack by bandits in the early hours of the day.
The gunmen abducted students between 12 and 16 years from their dormitories.
According to Daily Trust, Madina Hamisu Kawaye, one of the students who escaped from the attackers, narrated what she saw.
“One woman in black attire woke me up by banging a gun on my bed and shouting at me. I woke up in fear. I observed that dozens of my colleagues were being sent out of the dormitory.
“Some of them covered their body with their blankets”, she said.
Kawaye further stated that she sneaked under a double bunk, as the armed woman went to wake other students from their sleep.
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“They were asking for money and phones. One of the women among them asked for the house captain and the matron.
“I overheard one of the gunmen telling someone on the phone that they had just entered the school and that they had begun gathering the students in large number”, the student said.
According to her, one of the gunmen spoke in Fulfulde, recounting that “it was really a terrible moment for us. We could not get out of our hiding point until they vacated the hostels.”
Another survivor who simply identified herself as Zainab, disclosed that she escaped into a toilet when they were gathered near the school’s mosque while they were about to be taken to the vehicles.
“I sneaked out of the crowd and ran inside the toilet.
“From where I was hiding inside the toilet, I heard gunshots as their vehicles zoomed off into the forest. We were crying and pleading with them to spare us,” she stated.