Two Feared Killed, Many Missing As Bandits Attack Niger Secondary School

Gunmen suspected to be armed bandits on Wednesday invaded Government Science Secondary School in Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, killing two students and abducting many others.

The armed men were said to have invaded the school around 3 am.

Basehitz gathered that some teachers and their family members residing within the College Staff Quarters were also abducted.

“At about 3 am last night, bandits attacked Government Science College in Kagara, killing one and abducting an unknown number of students.

“Some staff members, their spouses, children were also abducted by the bandits,” a source told Basehitz.

The attackers were reportedly dressed in the uniform of the school in what looked like a premeditated attack.

One of the dead students was identified as Benjamin Doma.

The school is said to have a population of about 1,000 students.

The incident happened barely three days after 21 passengers heading to Minna, the capital of Niger State, were abducted in broad daylight by bandits affiliated with the Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad.

In a video clip released by the gunmen on Tuesday, the passengers were seen begging the Nigerian government “to do something” about their release.

The 44 seconds video seen by Basehitz shows fully armed fighters speaking in Arabic, Hausa and Kanuri.

“God is the greatest, all praise is due to God alone,” members of the banditry group said.

Boko Haram had in June 2020 released a video and confirmed its link with the armed groups operating in the North-West and North-Central part of the country.

“Special greetings from your jihadi brethren in the Lake Chad Basin. Greetings to our leader Abu Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Abubakar Asshakawy,” a member of the sect said.

“My second message is for all of the Mujahideen, especially those close to us. We send you Islamic greetings.

“My other message is for all the unbelievers in the world. Repent, you still have time. And if you don’t, wait and see what will happen to you very soon,” he said.

“My message to Kuffar (unbelievers). O’Kuffar, you have time to repent to Allah before Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala punishes you with our hands,” the English speaker warned.

“Soon you will see what is happening in your marketplaces. Soon you’ll see what is happening in your offices.

“Soon you’ll see what is happening in your homes. Anywhere you are, soon you’ll see what is happening.”

Two months after, the group released another video where its members gathered in an open field said to be located in Niger State to celebrate Eid-el Kabir, a Muslim festival.

The footage also showed about three fighters sending Eid greetings in Hausa, English, and Fulfulde to viewers.

“It is we the Jamahatu Ali Sunna li Dawatul Jihad in the location of Niger State. We want to send our Sallah salutation, first of all to our imam, Abu Muhammad Ibn Abubakar Shekau,” one of the terrorists dressed in a Nigerian police uniform said.

In December 2020, over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, were abducted.

The abduction happened when President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting his home state of Katsina.

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