Three of the yet unknown number of primary school pupils abducted on Monday morning from UBE Primary School at Rama village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State have escaped.
One of the teachers of the school told Daily Trust that the pupils escaped when the bandits attempted to rustle some cows and motorcycles at a nearby community.
Naomi Francis, a teacher in the school, who escaped abduction, confirmed to Daily Trust that the three pupils have regained freedom but said they had been beaten by the bandits before luck came their way.
However, nothing is known of the three teachers earlier abducted.
Narrating how the bandits broke into the school, she said: “They came in after the morning assembly. We had all gone into the classrooms when six of the bandits came on motorcycles while others surrounded the school.
“I had stepped out from my class when I noticed students of primary 5 and 6 running out. I immediately alerted my students to run and they did.”
Also speaking, a resident, Mai Saje Rama, confirmed that the pupils had returned to the community.
“The vigilante that went after them came back without success, they could not locate the bandits,” he said.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG had earlier reported the Kaduna State Government as confirming the bandit attack.
The government, however, has yet to give a feedback on the escape of the Kaduna school pupils.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan in confirming the attack in a statement obtained by GreenWhiteGreen GWG said:
“The Kaduna State Government is receiving security reports of kidnapping of some pupils and teachers in a primary school located in Rema, Birnin Gwari local government area.
“According to preliminary reports, the incident occurred at an LEA Primary School in the LGA.”
The commissioner said the security agencies were making efforts towards ascertaining details of what happened noting that the exact number of the victims could not be immediately confirmed.