Kaduna State government says security agencies have foiled an attempt of armed bandits who stormed the Government Science Secondary School Ikara, Ikara Local government area of the state to kidnap students between the late hours of Saturday night and the early hours of sunday.
The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affair, Mr Samuel Aruwan disclosed this at a news briefing in Kaduna on some recent events with respect to the security situation in the State.
Mr Samuel Aruwan explained that, the attempted kidnap was foiled completely and no student was taken from the school.
“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”
According to him, following a head count by the school management, Kaduna State Government confirmed that, that all 307 students have been verified safe and present.
Mr Samuel Aruwan further stated that,
around Ifira village in Igabi local government area of the state, bandits also attempted to attack a senior staff quarters around the Kaduna Airport general area while the attempt was foiled as troops of the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army engaged and repelled them with several of the bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.
He pointed out that, Kaduna State Government acknowledges the efforts of the security agencies in the recent rescue of 180 students in the vicinity of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka.
Mr Samuel Aruwan maintained that, the State Government also extends its solidarity to the Military, Police, Department of State Services and other security agencies, whose swift intervention prevented the bandits from abducting more persons.