Nigeria school kidnapping: Parents fear for kidnapped children, some as young as 4, after latest school raid
Murtala Muhammadu, 48, a regional business owner in Tegina, a remote town in Niger State’s Rafi district, informed CNN on Tuesday that his 5-year-old child and 3 children aged 6 and 7 were amongst the more than 150 schoolchildren abducted from an Islamic night school by the armed aggressors in Niger State.
“Four of my children — three girls and a boy — are now in captivity,” Muhammadu stated.
According to state cops authorities, a minimum of a single person was eliminated throughout the raid, the most recent in a string of school kidnappings in the nation this year.
Kidnapping for ransom stays a significant security difficulty in Nigeria. Numerous trainees have actually been abducted in various events in the northern part of the nation because December.
Scenes of turmoil
Abubakar Alhassan, the school headteacher, explained the scenes of turmoil as the aggressors rupture into the school substance, which houses a nursery, main and junior secondary school.
“It was before we started for the day and the gates were locked, so they got in through the window of the school.”
They later on broke eviction and stormed the school triggering panic as frightened kids locked themselves in spaces, while others ran away, Alhassan stated.
“Some children ran and locked themselves inside some of the offices but still the bandits took away more than 150 out of 303 pupils,” he included.
Alhassan’s 2 kids, aged 6 and 10, were likewise amongst those taken along with one male and 2 female instructors, he stated.
He included that more than 100 of his students in captivity are aged in between 4 and 5 years of ages. The organization is an Islamic school called an Islamiyya, for kids’ and women’ education at nights and finding out fundamental spiritual mentors.
A caution of the attack
Muhammadu informed CNN that news about an upcoming attack on Tegina by armed males had actually been distributing prior to the raid.
“I was standing in front of my house when someone told me that there’s a rumor going around that bandits … are likely planning to attack our community. We were advised to properly watch over our respective families,” Muhammadu stated.
Muhammadu explained the minute the opponents stormed Tegina on Sunday afternoon and opened fire at random.
“Suddenly we saw them coming into our community. They passed in front of my house at around 3:30 p.m. without saying a word to anyone … and proceeded to a fuel station. Then they started shooting,” he included.
The dad’s worst worries were verified when he got a call notifying him that just 4 of his 8 kids had actually returned home from school.
A spokesperson for Niger State Federal Government, Mary Noel-Berje, informed CNN on Monday that a minimum of 11 of the kids abducted throughout the raid were later on released, since of their age.
“Eleven children were released because of their tenderness … the very little ones that couldn’t go through the bush path, the kidnappers’ escape route, were released,” Noel-Berje stated.
Niger State Deputy Guv, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, informed a press conference Monday that the federal government had actually made contact with some moms and dads of the determined abducted kids to ensure them of their safe return.
“We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely,” Ketso included.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.