According to a on Sunday, 72 hours after bandits attacked Birnin Yauri Federal Government College in Kebbi State, 10 people including 94 students, 4 teachers and 4 other non-academic personnel were abducted. A source told our reporter that most of the kidnapped students were first- and second-year students who were taking final exams. Three students, one for Kamba and one for Kebbi; Ushishi and Anaba were confirmed dead in Niger State, and nine people, including eight students and one teacher, were rescued.
Governor Atiku Bagudu visited the school on Friday to express his condolences to teachers and students on behalf of Major General Mohamed Buhari (retired), who said he had received information about the bandits’ activities a few weeks in advance.
He stated, “About two weeks ago, there was news of bandits’ movement and they were sighted around this area. We consulted with the federal authorities here, who told us that the school had about two weeks to finish its term examinations.
“It was agreed that if security could be reinforced and stationed in the school, it was better to support the children to finish their examinations before going home. This abduction was a brazen and tragic incident where bandits confronted the policemen who were providing security to the school.
Unfortunately, they made away with some students and teachers. Since this unfortunate incident occurred, all hands have been on the deck to ensure that these children and staff of ours are rescued alive, hale and hearty.”
Bagudu also expressed satisfaction that the Director of the Police Department sent a 22-person anti-terrorist special force to the school.
He said, “The security agents were around even during the attack. They deserve commendation for their gallant efforts, while trying to repel the attack. Unfortunately, they were overpowered because the bad elements came in their hundreds.”