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Gunmen Attack Niger School, Abduct Students While It’s Governor, Bello Galivants In Ibadan’s Shasha Market

The Oasis Reporters

February 17, 2021


From left, Governors Abdulahi Umar Ganduje (Kano); Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Sarkin Shasha, Sardaunan Yamma; Bello Mohammed Matawalle (Zamfara) and Abubakar Sanni Bello (Niger); during the their visit to Sarkin Shasha Palace, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo State Govt.

While Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello was footloose with some of his North West colleagues in Ibadan, South West Nigeria in a lackadaisical walk round Shasha market mostly patronised by northern Nigerian Moslem residents, armed men attacked Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local government area of Niger State.

The incident started at about 2:00 am on Wednesday with the gunmen shooting sporadically, as one student is feared killed and several others abducted.

Some teachers and their family members residing within the college staff quarters were also said to have been abducted by the gunmen.

A government source who pleaded anonymity disclosed this to some select news channels by telephone in the early hours of Wednesday.

There has been a brewing and vicious insurgency in Niger State which is in Central Nigeria, but it’s leadership seems prepared to let the inferno fester out of sight. There are minority Christian tribes in Niger State who don’t amount to much in government , and the State is reputed to have a diverse landmass that can easily dwarf the industrialized South East.

The governor is said to be the son of Alh. Sani Bello who governed Kano state during and after the Nigerian Civil War and he is reputed to have built Kano into a sprawling metropolis with the best infrastructure in the north west.

Nigerlites chose him on the back of his father’s performance, but he has turned out to be lackluster and ineffectual. He has had no grip on the wanton killings and abductions ongoing in his home state.

Yet he joins North West governors to visit Ibadan, where northern youths, adept at burning, looting and rioting for every religious riot, often targeted at non indigenous Christian residents. Many non indigenes have fled Kano and other northern cities. Yet the Northern youths are voting with their feet by running away from their despoiled states to the southern states while carrying along with them, their abominable northern characters of rioting, kidnappings, rapings, killings etc.

This is why their governors have come to Ibadan. They were also in Akure, Ondo State recently, to plead that Governor Akeredolu keep the Fulani in Ondo forests where some of them carry out their kidnap for ransom enterprise.

Channels Television reports that the operations started from the staff quarters and ended in the students’ hostels and in the process, other students were also wounded by gunshots.

The gunmen gathered some staff and students at a place for hours before moving them out of the school premises to an unknown destination.

They wore military uniform and entered the school premises which has about 1000 students, overpowered the security guard, before whisking away the students and staff.

A staff by name Batagi who was among those kidnapped has escaped and is in the school as of the time of publishing this report. Others still with the bandits are Mall. Lawal, Ali, Hannatu and her husband, Dodo, Mohammed Abubakar(Akawu), among others.

The number of persons abducted and those injured is unclear as of the time of filing the report. A headcount is being conducted at the school to ascertain the actual number of missing students.

Channels Television also learnt that the security agencies were able to detect the nature of the area, and have started tracing the attackers’ movement while the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft have been seen hovering in the air to track the location of the students.

Schools have been the target of attacks in recent times in Nigeria.

The latest attack comes barely three days after gunmen attacked a bus belonging to the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) along Minna-Zungeru Road and abducted at least 21 passengers.

The state governor, Abubakar Bello had condemned the abduction, promising to secure the release of the passengers.

Niger State has seen a rise in gunmen attacks.

On Tuesday, a statement from the office of the Commissioner of Information in the state, Mohammed Idris said ten persons had been freed from the hands of the bandits.

The recent abduction comes less than three months after the kidnap of students in Kankara, Katsina State.

The Information Commissioner further claimed that ransom was not paid to secure their release.

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