Eighteen-Year-Old Caleb Samila managed to escape when unidentified gunmen launched an overnight attack on a boarding school in north central Nigeria.
One student was killed and 42 people, including 27 students, were kidnapped according to the state governor Caleb recounts in his experience, I was sleeping that day, I was sleeping in the hostel and I heard the kidnappers come to our hostel and start shooting their guns. I came out and saw them, then I ran and jumped over the fence.
There were other students too running everywhere. The state governor said the assailant stormed. The government science secondary school in Niger state at around 2am and overwhelmed the school’s security detail.
It is not immediately clear who was responsible. Kidnappings for ransom by armed groups are common across many northern Nigerian states. This attack comes two months after gunmen. Stormed a secondary school in northwestern Katsina state and kidnapped nearly 350 boys who were subsequently rescued by security forces.
Militant Islamist group, Boko Haram and the branch of Islamic state also carry out abductions in the region. About 100 of the 270 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, are still missing. After Wednesday’s attack the Niger state governor, ordered the immediate closure of boarding schools in the region and president Muhammadu Buhari dispatched security chiefs to coordinate rescue operations.
According to his spokesperson, but the recent attacks have raised concern about rising violence by armed gangs and Islamist insurgents and fuelled criticism of Buhari’s; handling of national security.