The Zamfara State Police Command has on Wednesday night confirmed the abduction of 73 Students of Government Day Secondary school, Kaya in Maradun Local Government Area of the state.
The abduction occurred on Wednesday morning after an invasion by a large number of armed bandits on the school.
Gunmen had invaded the school around 11.00am on Wednesday and abducted several students, with unconfirmed report saying hundreds of students were kidnapped.
But the police said 73 students were abducted by the suspected bandits.
SP Muhammed Shehu, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), on Wednesday confirmed the incident in a statement in Gusau.
“The Zamfara State Police Command wishes to confirm the abduction of 73 Students of Government Day Secondary school, Kaya, in Maradun LGA.
“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by a large number of armed bandits on Wednesday at exactly 1122 hours,” he said.
Shehu said that the Commissioner of Police, Ayuba N Elkanah, had deployed a search and rescue team with a mandate to work in synergy with the military to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students.
According to him, the CP further appealed to the general public, especially parents and relatives of the abducted students, to exercise patience and continue to pray for the success of the ongoing rescue operation.
He said that security had been beefed up at Kaya community and environs to forestall further attacks.
“Further development will be made known to members of the public,” he promised.
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