Bandits Kidnap 15 Students, Woman In Sokoto

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Bandits kidnapped an unspecified number of Tsangaya students at Gidan Bakuso in Gada Local Government Area of Sokoto State in the wee hours of yesterday.
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the students were kidnapped from their school around 1am.
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This was barely two days after bandits abducted 285 students and a principal, Abubakar Isah, from the LEA Primary and Junior Secondary School, Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Sokoto incident happened hours before the graduation ceremony of the state’s Community Guard Corps created to fight banditry.
The proprietor of the Tsangaya school in Gidan Bakuso, Liman Abubakar, told our correspondent that 15 students were “unaccounted so far, but we are still searching for more.”
He said the bandits invaded the community around 1am, shot one person and abducted a woman.
The proprietor disclosed further that: “As they were leaving the town, they sighted our students rushing into their rooms and they kidnapped many of them.
“We have so far counted 15 who are missing and we are still searching for more”, he said.
Abubakar said that this was not the first time the village was attacked by bandits.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ahmed Aliyu on Security, Colonel Ahmed Usman (rtd), said the news of the abduction was received during the graduation ceremony of the Sokoto State Community Guard Corps.
“I told my governor about it and we quickly notified heads of security operatives”, he said.
He said “a fighter jet has been mobilised to the area. We’re also mobilizing ground troops to the area. We will, in-sha-Allah, rescue all the abductees safely.”
The member representing Gada-East Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Kabiru Dauda, also confirmed the attack.
He said he received a call from the village around 2am that there was an invasion by bandits.
“I reached out to the local government authorities and security agencies and I am sure they are doing something about it,” the lawmaker said.
It was also gathered that bandits attacked and killed three persons, including the village head, at Turba village in Isa Local Government Area of the state.
A member representing Isa Constituency, Habibu Modachi, who confirmed this, said it was a reprisal after security operatives raided bandits’ hideouts two days earlier.
The spokesman of the Sokoto State Police Command, Ahmad Rufa’i, also confirmed the attack, saying 15 students and one woman were abducted from the village.
“The Commissioner of Police has mobilized the Divisional Police Officer in the area and a tactical operation team led by the Deputy Commissioner in charge of operation to the area,” he said.


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