Barely hours after President Mohammadu Buhari arrived his home state of Katsina for a long week private visit, heavily armed men attacked Government Science Secondary School Kankara, in Katsina State, abducting many students.
A security guard at the school was reportedly shot by the gunmen and was rushed to the Kankara General Hospital where he is receiving treatment while another of the guard
is nowhere to be found.
A source who spoke to newsmen said the people of the area got a signal about the attack as the attackers were sighted on their bikes late evening, on Friday.
“They arrived Kankara some minutes pass 10pm on about 150 motorcycles and some of them went straight to the school while others blocked the road leading to the school from Kankara town apparently to prevent anyone going to render help.
“Those who blocked the road were earlier engaged by members of vigilante and within a short time, the police arrived with a reinforcement,” a resident said.
He added that some students who passed the night in the bushes where they ran for safety had returned Saturday morning, while others also who were amongst the abductees were said to be found along the bandits’ route.
When contacted, the Police spokesman in Katsina State, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident saying when the school was attacked there were two policemen who engaged the gunmen at the gate and that exchange of fire gave the students the signal to run for safety.
“One of our men was shot but he is responding to treatment. The DPO in Kankara together with reinforcement from other divisions are working to search for other students who are yet to return.
“As at now we cannot ascertain whether some of the students were kidnapped or not but as said our men are on top of the situation,” the Katsina Police Spokesman said.