Again, Bandits Attack, Abduct Zamfara School Students

Government Day Secondary School, Maradun local government area, Zamfara State, has become another scene of mass students abduction. The incident took place Wednesday morning, when bandits in their numbers, invaded the school, located in the hometown of the state governor, Bello Matawalle, and took away a number of students officially put at 73.
Sources close to the school disclosed that the abductors swooped in on the school in large number shooting sporadically to forestall any possible intervention before literally carting away the hapless students.
The abduction is coming barely one week after the state government implemented specific policies Feared towards forestalling activities of bandits in the state.
Towards the goal, the governor restricted the sales of fuel to the state capitaland headquarters of 14 council areas. Governor Matawalle also directed all filling stations in the state not to sell the product beyond N10, 000 to a single customer just as he outlawed the sale of the product in Jerry cans and or roadsides.
The state government equally suspended all weekly markets just as it suspended the transportation of livestock to and or from the state, insisting that even movement of food across and out of the state will be subject to verification. According to state officials, the measures were adopted with a view to curtailing banditry in the state
The attack and subsequent abduction of the students is the third in the state following the incident at the Government Secondary School, Jangebe, where bandits picked up 317 student in February. The Jangebe attack followed an earlier incident in Bakura where criminals took away about 20 persons, comprising students and teachers of the College of Agriculture located in the town.
In February, criminals abducted a total of 317 students from the Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe, six months before they took away about 20 persons, comprising students and officials, from the College Of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura.
Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the closure of both primary and secondary schools in the state following Wednesday’s incident. In the directive conveyed by the state police commissioner, Ayuba Elkana, who addressed newsmen after the incident, the state government explained that the measure became imperative given that criminal might still want to swoop on some soft targets again.
“I wish to inform the general public that His Excellency, the executive governor of Zamfara state, has ordered the closure of all schools within the state. Both primary and secondary schools that are existing here are now closed with immediate effect,” the Commissioner said.
According to the statement, the closure is indefinite.
“It’s a threat. You know the bandits will like to go back to kidnap these students. So, for their safety, the schools have to be closed until peace is restored in the state.”

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