Abduction: Panic as Escaped Student Tells BBC What Bandits Did to the Boys Inside the Bush

Abduction: Panic as Escaped Student Tells BBC What Bandits Did to the Remaining Boys.

Hundreds of secondary school students were abducted by armed bandits in Kastina State a few days ago. The actual figure of the boys is yet to be ascertained as Kastina State Government claimed 313 while Spokesperson to President Muhammad Buhari said only 10 boys are missing.

BBC Hausa has interviewed a 17-years-old boy that escaped while being conveyed to the bush. He said they initially ran but the abductors assembled them back claiming to be security agents. He said when they left the school, the abductors asked one of them to count them. They’re 520!

The boy said they walked nonstop throughout the night. About an hour to dawn, he hid behind a tree, and luckily the kidnappers didn’t see him. He started running back after they gave him a bit of distance. This means the remaining victims have been walking for the past three days.

It’s possible that the kidnappers have reached their vehicles and loaded the boys. The abductors may take them to another part of Nigeria or even out of the country and divide them into small groups as they did with the Chibok girls. The chances of a rescue are getting slimmer.

The revelation of the boy has caused pain among the parents of the abduction students. They are mounting pressure on the government to quickly swing into action and ensure the return of the abducted students.

Some of the parents protested on Sunday, some are currently planning to take the protest to Daura where President Muhammad Buhari is currently staying.

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has assured the safe return of the students as soon as possible, it was gathered that the security agencies have located the students but they are being careful with their operations in order not to hurt the innocent boys.

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The Nigerian military has discovered the Abductors of high school students in Katsina

The Nigerian army has discovered the abductors of high school students in katsina State northwestern Nigeria and exchanged gun shots with the militants, base on a statement from the presidency on Saturday.

A team of gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles stormed a Gov’t secondary school in Kankara district at about 9.40pm on Friday, base on reports from the police.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Fathers and Mothers other school staff told news agency that out of 800 students, close to half had not been seen.Fathers and Mothers other school staff told news agency that out of 800 students, close to half had not been seen.

A speech from President Muhammadu Buahri said the army had identified the whereabouts of the student’s abductor in the bush and had exchanged fire with them with the aid of warplanes.

In a statement, President Buhari condemned the incident that erupted in his state. Police and army are working to determine how many people have been abducted and how many are missing.

Police who arrived at the scene of the attack on Friday exchanged fire with the attackers, which allowed some students to get away, police spokesman Gambo Isah stated in assertion.

Police have recruited additional officers to search for and rescue the secondary school students. One police officer is injured during the exchange of fire with the militants, according to them.

Katsina has been rocked by instability linked to the activities of thugs who have been attacking people to keep them as hostages for ransom. Attacks by militants claiming to be Islamic militants are common in the north-east of the country.

Unknown Gunmen Abduct PDP Chieftain In Katsina

Suspected bandits have abducted Alhaji Salisu Ali Sukuntuni, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rimaye town under Kankia LGA of Katsina State.

Sukuntuni is the PDP immediate youth leader in the local government area. Killings and kidnapping for ransom have continued in Northern Nigeria despite security reinforcement in the region.

The governor of Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari, had on different occasion met with President Muhammadu Buhari to proffer a solution to the security situation.

DSS officer reportedly killed in Katsina by kidnappers after paying N5m ransom

Sadiq Abdullahi, an officer of the Department of State Services (DSS), has been killed by his abductors in Katsina state, This Day reports.

The 33-year-old DSS operative was killed by the kidnappers despite receiving a huge ransom of N5 million from his relatives.

Abdullahi, according to report, was said to have arrived in his hometown in Katsina from Abuja alongside his wife and four-year-old son on Friday, September 11.

He was, however, kidnapped barely 24 hours of his Katsina visit at his residence behind federal secretariat in Katsina metropolis.

Kidnappers Kill DSS Officer after Receiving N5m Ransom in Katsina
DSS operatives Sadiq Abdullahi has been killed in Katsina state. Credit: ThisDay.

His abductors promptly demanded N13 million as ransom but later agreed to N5 million for his freedom after many pleas.

Abdullahi’s family took the money to where the kidnappers promised only to mee the body of the DSS officer.

Police are yet to make a statement on the tragic incident that occurred amid mounting security threat in Katsina state

“He was about entering his residence behind federal secretariat on Saturday night at about 10:30pm after returning from our family house when the kidnappers forcefully removed him from his car after beating his security guard to comma. We reported the incident to Batagarawa police station but nothing was done.

“We took the N5 million to them on Sunday in Charanchi as negotiated. After the payment, they said we should go and receive him in Kurfi town on Monday morning. But when we reached there, we met his dead body with multiple gunshots on his head, ears and back. We buried him yesterday (Monday),” a family source said.

In a related news, DSS accused members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) of attacking and killing two of its personnel.

A spokesperson for the DSS, Peter Afunanya in a statement on Sunday, August 23, said the attack occurred in Emene in Enugu state.

Afunanya described the attack as unprovoked, noting that efforts are being made to ensure the killers face justice.

DSS Invites Activist For Exposing Multi-billion Naira Fraud In Katsina

A human rights activist and Kaduna-based businessman, Muhammad Mahdi Shehu, who exposed a N52bn security votes fraud in Kastina State, has been summoned by the Department of State Services.

SaharaReporters gathered that the invitation comes few hours after a closed-door meeting between the Director-General of the DSS, Magaji Bichi, and Secretary to the Government of Katsina State, Mustapha Inuwa.

The anti-corruption activist is scheduled to appear at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja on Monday.

SaharaReporters recall that Shehu had in July petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State for alleged misappropriation and misapplication of over N52bn spent as security vote in the state from June 2015 to April 29, 2020.

He stated that while Katsina was battling with insecurity, the Masari-led government spent hundreds of millions of naira on frivolities.

The businessman also asked Masari to resign his position as governor and sack Inuwa as SSG.

He further alleged that the Katsina State Government spent N24bn on security from funds it withdrew from two bank accounts in Fidelity and UBA without due process from 2015 -2019.

Mahdi also alleged that N684m was spent in four years under the present administration to pay policemen guarding Lambar Rimi, adding that the sum of N500m was withdrawn to purchase mobile phones and another N870m used to buy another set of phones for security personnel attached to the Government House.

“Let me also draw your kind attention that by Friday, the 4th of July, 2020, all expenditure related accounting books and documents have been moved to the Government House. It will therefore not be a surprise if attempts will not be made to tamper with them.