The management of Federal Government Girls College, Zaria, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, has debunked information circulating on social media that the school has been shut down following the abduction of students from the Federal Government College, Yauri, Kebbi State by terrorists.
Musa Hussaini, a staff of the College told HumAngle that the information was false and unfounded.
“What happened was that we had finished examinations for the term, so we decided to close for the term. The closure is not as a result of the abduction or insecurity, we have finished our exams,” Hussaini clarified when contacted on Friday by HumAngle.
“We saw the message, because parents started calling to confirm, it’s not true, we were just directed to close since we have finished exams,” Hussaini added.
Earlier on Friday, a message purportedly issued by the Secretary of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the College, directed parents to come and pick their children and wards from the school immediately due to the attack on Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, Kebbi State by terrorists on Thursday.
Terrorists on Thursday, June 17, 2021 abducted an unspecified number of students from the Federal Government College, Yauri in Kebbi State.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that the terrorists invaded the school on motorcycles, shot several students, and kidnapped many others.
According to one of the eyewitnesses, the terrorists overpowered the guards at the school, confiscated their Toyota Hilux van, and went away with the students in it.
Sources said some of the wounded students were taken to hospitals to receive treatment after escaping from the abduction.
Kidnapping for ransom is now notorious in Nigeria, with schools becoming the biggest target in recent times. More than 700 students were kidnapped between Dec. 2020 and May 2021.
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