Gunmen kidnap six pupils, two teachers in Kaduna

Six students of a private secondary school and their teachers in Kakau Daji Village in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State were on Thursday kidnapped by gunmen.

The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the kidnap and gave the name of the school as Engraver College.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, said the gunmen invaded the school in the early hours of Thursday, went straight to the female hostels and abducted six of the students.

He said the whereabouts of the kidnapped persons were still unknown, but added that a combined team of policemen and anti-kidnapping squad of the command had launched a manhunt for the kidnappers.

“The Command received information through the DPO, Toll Gate, in the early hours of today 03/10/2019 at about 0310hrs that some armed men gained entry into the Engravers College, a boarding secondary school in a remote area near Kakau Daji village in Chikun LGA and took away two employees of the college and six female students to unknown destination.

“On the receipt of the information, the Command immediately mobilised combined teams of anti-kidnapping squad, SARS, and conventional police to the area for possible rescue of the victims and arrest of the perpetrators of the unfortunate incident. IGP’s Intelligent Respond team has been contacted for technical support.

“The Command, therefore, is using this opportunity to reiterate its call on all the private school proprietors within the state to liaise with their nearest police formation and promptly report incidents or suspicious persons around schools to forestall future occurrence of ugly incidents,” he said.

He said the state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, had given assurance that the command would secure the release of all the victims unhurt.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Homes Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said the state Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai had dispatched delegation to sympathise with the school community.

He said, “The Kaduna State Government condemns this as a despicable action,   a most unfortunate intrusion of crime into the life of young students and the staff teaching them.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has dispatched a government delegation to sympathise with the school community and assure them that security agencies are working to rescue the abducted persons.”
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