Bandits have attacked a boarding secondary school in Nigeria’s home state of President Muhammadu Buhari and abducted 54 male students.
According to reports from the West African country, the bandits, who were riding on motorbikes, attacked Government Science Secondary School, at 10pm on Friday, December 11.
The bandits also invaded the staff quarters and abducted an elderly woman.
The attack took place at the day President Buhari arrived in his home for a week-long holiday from the capital city.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Katsina state police command, Mr Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident adding that that the attack was repelled.
“Yesterday, at about 9:40pm, bandits in their numbers, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles, attacked GSSS Kankara, Kankara Local Government Area.”
“The policemen on duty responded to the attack and engaged the attackers in a gun fight which gave the students opportunity to scale the fence of the school and run for safety.”
“The DPO Kankara, reinforced the policemen on duty with Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) which forced the hoodlums to retreat into the forest.” Isah said.
Isah said that more 200 students who ran into the town for their safety during the attack had returned to the school on Saturday morning.
A police Inspector is reported to have sustained a gunshot injury during the attack, and was taken to the hospital where he is responding well to treatment.
The remaining students were sent home on the same night over fears that the bandits may return. The school had a total of 884 students.
The government also ordered for the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state further promising to do everything possible to secure the release of all the abducted students.