Katsina: Parents of Abducted Students Pleads with Govt., Offers Prayers

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Katsina: Parents of Abducted Students Pleads with Govt., Offers Prayers

Nervous parents and guardians of the boys’ Government Science School, Kankara in Katsina State yesterday gathered at the school’s premises with heavy hearts to offer prayers for the successful release of the abducted high school students.

More than 300 students abducted from the school Friday night remained missing with no clue about their whereabouts as at the press time.

“We will not rest until we see the end of this,” state spokesman Abdul Labaran told journalists on Sunday.

Labaran said military and intelligence chiefs were in Kankara to lead the rescue. While 321 students were missing, he said some could have gone home to other states.

Worried by the dastardly act, all state schools in Katsina were ordered to close because officials did not know the attackers’ motives.

According to the Katsina State government, Abubakar Lawal who came from Zaria, a city 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Kankara, two of his three sons at the school were among the missing.

“From yesterday I have been here praying that the Almighty Allah should rescue our people,” he said outside the dusty school grounds.

One of his missing sons, 17-year old Buhari, was named after President Muhammadu Buhari, a native of Katsina state.

Yahaya, 17, told newsmen that, he escaped on Saturday. “He gave only one name for fear of reprisals”. He said he sneaked away while the kidnappers transferred students to different locations in the forest.

“We met someone with a motorcycle who brought us to a nearby village,” He said. “From there, someone brought us to Kankara.”

Attacks by armed gangs, widely known as bandits, are common throughout northwestern Nigeria. The groups attack civilians, stealing or kidnapping them for ransom.

There is growing anger with the precarious security situation in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Late last month, Islamist militants killed scores of farmers in northeastern Borno, beheading some of them.

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