Reports have it that armed bandits have invaded a girls’ school in Zamfara, abducting at least three hundred students.
UK outlet BBC reported on Friday morning, February 26, that the mass abduction occurred overnight, saying parents of some of the students have confirmed the development.
The school has been identified as as Government Girls’ Secondary School in Jangebe.
The abduction came barely a few weeks after hundreds of schoolboys were abducted in Katsina by bandits, drawing nationwide uproar.
Nine days ago, bandits breached a high school in Niger State and seized about 29 students and school administrators.
National security sources informed Peoples Gazette that the federal government paid $2.099 million (N800 million) as ransom, but the students and their teachers were not released after Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello caught wind of the arrangement and instigated a cordoning of the vast forest where the students and their abductors have been held up.
A spokesman for the police in Zamfara did not immediately return a request seeking comments from the Gazette about today’s abduction of schoolgirls.