The Kaduna State government has confirmed that bandits stormed LEA Primary School in Rama Village of Birnin-Gwari local government area of the state, and whisked away a yet to be ascertained number of teachers and pupils.
The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said, “the Kaduna State Government is receiving security reports of kidnapping of some pupils and teachers in a primary school located in Rema, Birnin Gwari local government area”.
Mr. Aruwan said that, according to preliminary reports, the incident occurred aroun 8:45am, when the pupils were just leaving the assembly ground to their classes, adding that the state government is still putting together the actual number of pupils and teachers reported to have been kidnapped.
“The Kaduna State Government is currently obtaining details on the actual number of pupils and teachers reported to have been kidnapped and will issue a comprehensive statement as soon as possible,” Aruwan said.
A resident of Birnin-Gwari, Malam Usman Abdullahi, said the bandits stormed the school on about 20 motorcycles and carried the victims away immediately.
According to him, “for now, we don’t know the number of people taken by the kidnappers. They came on motorcycles, about 20 motorcycles, which they used to carry the pupils and their teachers. As we speak, only two teachers have been confirmed to be among the victims, but for the pupils, we can’t say for now.”