307 students of Government Science Secondary School, Ikara in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State escaped in the wee hours of Sunday after bandits who raided their school were forced to flee on the approach of soldiers and security men.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development at a press briefing in Kaduna on Sunday. According to him, all 307 students escaped unhurt.
The attack came in the wake of the outstanding hostage crisis involving 39 students of the Federal School of Forestry, Kaduna who were abducted late on Wednesday.
According to Aruwan, “The Kaduna State Government has called this briefing to address you on some recent events with respect to the security situation in the State.
“Between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of today, suspected bandits stormed the Government Science Secondary School, Ikara, Ikara local government area, in an attempt to kidnap students.
“Fortunately, the students utilized the security warning system in place, and were thus able to alert security forces in the area.
“The security forces comprising the troops of the Nigerian Army, Police and some security volunteers moved swiftly to the school and engaged the bandits, forcing them to flee.”
GreenWhiteGreen GWG recalls that the abductors of the 39 male and female students of the Federal School of Forestry, Kaduna had recently made a demand of N500 million for the students.
A video of the kidnapped students being beaten in a bush setting has recently been released and gone viral.
The abduction of the girls is a violation of the order from President Muhammadu Buhari who had following the abduction of the 279 school girls from a Zamfara State secondary school for girls.