Unidentified Gunmen allegedly abduct 200 Islamiyya Students in Niger State

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Two hundred students of an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in Rafi local government area of Niger State have been abducted by yet to be identified gunmen on Sunday, May 30.

According to Channels TV, one person was shot dead while another was rushed to the hospital.

A resident of the area, Zayyad Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school where the incident took place was built by a retired Immigration officer. According to him, this Islamiyya school is not the usual Sangaya boarding Islamic citadel, but a conventional one where parents send their children on a daily basis for the purpose of acquiring Islamic education.

Also confirming the incident, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane said the number of the abducted students is yet to be ascertained.

“Yes, there was an attack at the Islamiyya school, but we do not yet have the exact number of students that were abducted. We are in touch with parents in the area to know those whose children were abducted.”

Matane, the chairman of the State Security Committee, further disclosed that while the attack in Tegina was going on, there were simultaneous attacks in Lavun LGA and some fringes of Mashegu LGA.