Nine more students than expected are missing after gunmen stormed Kaduna University, according to a local official.
Nine more students than previously thought are missing after gunmen stormed a forestry college in northwest Nigeria earlier this week, a state government official said. Kaduna in Nigeria.
Saturday’s overhaul brings the total number of missing students to 39 following Thursday’s nightly raid on the Federal College of Forest Mechanization, the fourth mass abduction of schools in northern Nigeria since December.
Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna state security commissioner, said the missing included 23 women and 16 men.
“The Kaduna state government maintains close communication with the college leadership as efforts are supported by security agencies to locate the missing students,” Aruwan said.
The armed gang broke into the school on the outskirts of Kaduna town near a military academy at around 11:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. GMT) on Thursday.
Aruwan said on Friday that the military had rescued 180 people after an early morning distress call. An unknown number of students were injured and are receiving medical treatment at a military installation, he added.
Distraught parents, relatives and supporters have arrived at the school for news.
On Friday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned the kidnapping and called for “the immediate and unconditional release of these students who remain in captivity,” said UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric .
Guterres urged authorities to ensure that schools “remain a safe space for children to learn without fear of violence, kidnapping or any other attack against them,” Dujarric said.
The city of Kaduna is the capital of Kaduna State, which is part of an area where attacks by gangs of armed men, called bandits, have been rampant for years.
Attempts by the military and police to tackle the gangs have had little success, while many fear state authorities will make matters worse by leaving kidnappers unpunished, reimbursing them or offering them inducements. .