Executive Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kaduna, Nigeria November 1, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde – S1BEUKTKGYAA
The Kaduna State government has refuted the claim that teachers as well as students were abducted from Rima Primary School, Magajingari Ward 2, Birnin-Gwari, in the early hours of Monday March 15, saying that only three teachers were abducted by the suspected armed bandits.
At a press conference Monday evening, Samuel Aruwan who is the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, told newsmen that contrary to reports, no pupils were abducted during the attack.
”At this time, the State Government has compiled and analyzed all the security reports and can confirm that there was indeed an invasion of the said school. The Government can confirm that three teachers, Rabiu Salisu, Umar Hassan, and Bala Adamu have been kidnapped.
Pupils who had just arrived the school to begin the day’s activities, took to their heels in the course of the commotion, as the bandits invaded the premises on motorcycles. This led to two pupils going missing, identified as Ahmad Halilu and Kabiru Yahaya.
However, we are happy to inform you that the two missing pupils have been found. We can also confirm that no single pupil was kidnapped from the school. Other than the three teachers previously mentioned, no staff or pupil of the school is missing following the attack.
Security reports have also revealed that the bandits rustled several cattle and went away with five motorcycles and other valuables.”
Mr. Samuel added that the military and other security agencies in the Birnin Gwari general area are in hot pursuit of the bandits to ensure that the three kidnapped persons are rescued safely.