PHOTOS: Escaped Kagara College Students Explain How They Survived Bandits’ Attack, Abduction

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Among the college students say they have been notified of the assault earlier than it occurred.
Ahmed nonetheless believes the assault of Tuesday may have been averted if he and his colleagues had relayed the intelligence they bought hours earlier to the varsity administration.

“On that day, we have been sitting within the hostel then we bought a cellphone name from our buddies that armed bandits are coming to our college. However we didn’t care. We simply informed our college head boy to inform the administration however he didn’t achieve this,” he informed PREMIUM TIMES.

Escaped Kagara College Students Explain How They Survived Bandits’ Attack, Abduction

Ahmed, a ultimate yr pupil of Authorities Science College, Kangara, the headquarters of Rafi Native Authorities Space of Niger State, was amongst those who escaped through the assault that led to the kidnapping of no less than 42 folks together with college students, workers members and their kinfolk.

Two of the 5 hostels within the faculty – Barde and Lafene halls- have been raided by the bandits.

One of many college students, Benjamin Doma, was murdered through the assault, PREMIUM TIMES gathered.

In response to the state authorities, 27 college students have been kidnapped alongside 15 others. The 15 embrace officers of the varsity and their kinfolk.

As of the time of submitting this report, not one of the 42 kidnapped folks had been rescued however the authorities and safety companies have assured that they are going to be launched unharmed.

On Friday night, the Niger State Authorities introduced that its negotiation with the criminals has reached the ultimate stage, elevating hopes that these in captivity will probably be freed by Saturday.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the varsity on Friday, it was just about abandoned after most occupants relocated to different villages whereas college students of the varsity had been requested to go to their respective properties.

The state authorities, after the assault, ordered the closure of all boarding colleges in 4 native authorities areas, together with Rafi, Mariga, Munya and Shiroro, the place the bandits have been very lively within the final two weeks.

Safety operatives, deployed after the kidnapping, have been seen on the Kankara faculty’s entrance and its neighborhood.

Students narrate experiences

Ahmed was one of many 5 college students who shared their experiences with PREMIUM TIMES of their varied properties within the village.

“At about 12:00 a.m., we began listening to gunshots. By the point we opened the door, we noticed them. They have been many. They have been shining torchlights and capturing,” he narrated.

He famous that a few of his colleagues bought injured and have been robbed of their valuables.

“They beat a few of our classmates. They collected cash from them. They collected telephones from some.”

Ahmed stated Benjamin was killed round 2:00 a.m., including that the assault lasted till round 5:00 a.m.

“Among the junior college students went to wish within the mosque round 4: 45 a.m. and so they got here again shouting that the bandits have been nonetheless round,” he stated.

One other pupil, Usman, stated he referred to as his mom, who instructed him to stay on the identical spot till safety operatives got here to their rescue.

“We have been within the hostel once we heard that armed robbers are going to come back to our college. I now bought my cellphone and referred to as my mom, I informed her and she or he stated ‘sure, they heard that”. However we must always not exit. So we remained in our hostels. At about 1 a.m. we heard gunshots across the faculty. We didn’t go wherever however quietly conceal (hid) someplace.”

“It was once we have been hiding we heard them round and there we remained till 5 a.m. once we heard the arrival of safety operatives. We got here out and noticed the lifeless physique of our fellow pupil (Benjamin). Some college students have been taken away and in addition a few of our lecturers,” Usman informed our correspondent.

Corroborating the experiences of the scholars, one of many lecturers, who doesn’t need his title talked about, due to the sensitivity of the matter, stated the bandits got here in from the bush, and moved by the admin block to Barde hostel.

He stated it was one of many lecturers who have been accosted by the armed males that directed them to the place the hostels are. ”After they noticed that the scholars in Barde hostel weren’t sufficient, they moved to Lafene to pack some,” he stated.

In response to the instructor, the scholars have been tied collectively ”in twos with their garments”.

Very early within the morning, the abductors packed all of them to the bush the place their bikes have been parked and zoomed off, he stated.

On the dying of Benjamin, the instructor stated he was shot after flashing a torch on the bandits.

“He didn’t know what was occurring. So, as he pointed his torch in direction of their aspect, they shot him instantly.”

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Students dispute authorities’s figures
In the meantime, all the scholars who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES countered the federal government’s declare of 27 lacking college students.

They maintained that the scholars kidnapped have been majorly SS3 and SS2 and so they have been greater than 27.

“They are greater than 27. They are virtually 50 to 60 other than the workers and their households,” Ahmed stated.

After the incident, the federal government launched 27 names of the lacking college students.

Checks by this newspaper coupled with the interviews with the scholars and lecturers confirmed that 12 of the names launched are SS3 college students whereas 11 are SS 2 college students.

This newspaper couldn’t verify the category of the remaining 4 college students.

Nevertheless, all the scholars interviewed talked about two SS 3 college students whose names weren’t discovered on that record. They are Fauzullah Dauda and Bashir Dada.

The principal of the varsity, when approached on Friday, refused to talk to PREMIUM TIMES. He referred our reporter to the ministry of training.

“I can not grant any interview,” he stated.

However one of many lecturers who witnessed the assault stated they arrived at 27 after a headcount of the scholars once they have been leaving the varsity after the invasion.

All efforts to get the spokesperson of the ministry of training to remark have been unsuccessful as his recognized phone quantity was not reachable.

Assist from locals
Native hunters and members of the vigilantes have joined within the seek for the lacking college students and employees.

Aside from the surveillance being carried out by the teams, they’re additionally attending to safety alerts in several areas.

Abdullah Adamu, one of many hunters who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES, condemned the federal government’s resolution to barter with the bandits.

“Why individual go negotiate with terrorists. Folks that needs to be killed. Kai!” he exclaimed.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Salhu Tanko, his secretary, Abdulkadir Bala, stated he was in poor health..

He stated he monarch is in poor health and has been admitted in a hospital.

Nonetheless, Mr Bala reassured the folks of the assist of the normal council.

“We can not say we aren’t conscious of the incident however our folks know that we’re at all times with them. We’re working with the state authorities and safety companies to convey all these to an finish,” he stated.

(Editor’s Be aware: The true names of Ahmed and Usman have been modified to guard their id and guarantee they endure no type of victimization).

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