Yenagoa – Gunmen have abducted six female students and two staff of Engravers College, Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The gunmen were reported to have attacked the boarding school located at Kakau Daji village about 3:10a.m on Thursday.
Police spokesman in the state, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said for now, the whereabouts of the abducted victims was unknown.
Sabo, however, said the police had deployed its operatives to the area for possible rescue of the victims and arresting of the perpetrators.
It is an unfortunate incident, Sabo said, adding that the IGP Intelligent Response Team has been contacted for technical support.
“The command, therefore, is using this opportunity to reiterate its call on all private schools proprietors within the state to liaise with their nearest police formation and promptly report incidents or suspicious persons around schools to forestall future occurrence of such ugly incident.
“On this note, the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command, Ali Janga, is assuring the general public that, the command is doing everything possible to secure the release of all the victims unhurt.”
He urged anyone with useful information to reach out to relevant security agencies for prompt action.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State government has condemned the abduction of six students and two teachers.
In a statement, Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, said the Kaduna government “condemns this as a despicable action, a most unfortunate intrusion of crime into the life of young students and the staff teaching them.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai has dispatched a government delegation to sympathise with the school community and assure them that security agencies are working to rescue the abducted persons,” he said.
Aruwan said he led the state government’s delegation that included officials of other security agencies.
Aruwan said he “spoke to parents and staff of the school and assured them that every effort will be exerted to free the abductees and punish this brazen crime.
“The school management and the parents of the students will be given updates as appropriate,” he said.
Father Of Bayelsa Commissioner Abducted
Similarly, armed bandits have reportedly abducted Chief George Week, the father of Bayelsa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Doodei Week.
The gunmen were said to have kidnapped Chief Week on Wednesday night in his home at Ayama-Ijaw community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state.
His abduction took place four days after Beauty Siasia, the 80-year-old mother of former Super Eagles’ head coach, Samson Siasia, was released.
Beauty Siasia was released on Sunday by her abductors after spending 77 days in their custody.
Elder Week, who is said to be 81 years old, is a second-class traditional ruler and the monarch of Tarakiri clan in the area.
A family source, who confirmed the incident, said the kidnappers whisked the victim away to an unknown place in a speedboat.
The source said the hoodlums also carted away a plasma television, two speedboats, and a 200-horsepower engine boat belonging to the commissioner.
It was also learnt that the kidnappers of Chief Week had not made contact with the family as at the time of filing this report on Thursday.
When contacted, Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police and spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, confirmed the incident.
In the meantime, the youths of Tarakiri clan in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have condemned Wednesday’s abduction of Chief Week by gunmen.
In a statement on Thursday, the president of Tarakiri youth body, Kariebi Ikisa, described the kidnapping of Chief Week, who is the clan’s monarch, as “inhuman and barbaric”.
Ikisa called for the unconditional release of the octogenarian, stressing that his abduction for whatever reasons was totally unacceptable.
He urged security agencies, the Bayelsa State government, and the youths of the area to “swing into action to ensure the safety and unconditional release of the monarch while the perpetrators should be brought to book”.