A group of armed terrorists around midnight, between Thursday and Friday, raided the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, and abducted an unknown number of female students from the school in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
According to the students, nearly half of the school’s female students were abducted while their male counterparts were not taken.
While the number of students abducted is still unknown, the BBC has reported making contact with the state.
Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, said he was currently at the school and was investigating the matter.
Residents reported hearing gunshots around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.
“Sometimes in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), they shoot at night since it is a military school… It was not until the next morning that we went out to pray we found out what had happened,” one local told BBC Hausa.
At least 937 people were killed in 2020 and 1,972 others kidnapped according to the Kaduna State annual security report. The security incidents in the state were attributed to sporadic clashes and banditry which triggered attacks and counter-attacks.
Schools have recently become targets of armed groups terrorising communities and commuters in Northern Nigeria.
In Feb., hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted in Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State weeks after at least 27 other students and some employees and family members were abducted from a Government Science College in Niger State.
In Dec. 2020, over 300 students were abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State.
The first mass abduction in a school in Nigeria happened in Borno State, where over 300 students of Chibok Government Girls Secondary School were kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.
Four years later, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) abducted 119 students from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.