Governor Nasir el-Rufai has condemned Monday’s kidnapping of an unspecified number of students from Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
The governor, in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, described the kidnapping as unfortunate and an untold evil to humanity and the course of education.
“It would be recalled that distress calls were received in the early hours of Monday detailing an incursion of bandits into the school. The bandits shot sporadically as they advanced to the hostels and abducted an unspecified number of students.
“A team of Military and Police personnel were mobilised to the school and pursued the bandits in a bid to avert their evil intention.
“According to reports received from security agencies, 28 students were accounted for while an unspecified number were abducted by the bandits.
“Security agencies have assured the Kaduna state government of vigorous search and rescue efforts to locate and secure the unspecified number of abducted students.
The Governor is following the development and receiving hourly situation reports,” Aruwan said.