Security Operatives Comb Zamfara Forest For Abducted Schoolgirls

By our Correspondents  |

A crack team of security operatives comprising the military and police yesterday sprang into action in a joint search and rescue operations to rescue the 317 students abducted by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara local government area of the Zamfara state.

The schoolgirls were kidnapped by the bandits in a raid early yesterday morning at about 1am from the town.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that the gunmen who came with vehicles shot sporadically before taking the schoolgirls away, moving some of the girls on foot.

A witness who did not want his name in print said the abductors broke the school gate and fired gunshots at the security man, and moved into the hostels where they woke up the girls, telling them it was time for prayers.

“After assembling all the girls who were crying, they took them away to the forest. They were also shooting in the air as they were marching to the forest”, the witness who did want his name print told our correspondents.

Yesterday’s abduction is the latest in several attacks on schools in the country by armed groups in recent times.

The Zamfara State commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro; the Force Commander Operations of 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 be taken to.

The police commissioner also confirmed that 317 students were kidnapped from the school.

The CP, while interfacing with the Principal of the school and the parents, appealed for calm, assuring that joint efforts of the police and other security agencies will lead to the rescue of the students.

A source also told our correspondents that a group of vigilantes, popularly known as…

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