At least, 200 students of an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State have been kidnapped by suspected bandits.

One person was said to have been shot dead while another was critically injured after gunmen carried out the kidnap operation at about 4:30pm on Sunday.

An eye witness said: “The Islamiyya school is not the usual Sangaya boarding Islamic citadel, but a conventional one, where parents send their children on a daily basis for the purpose of acquiring Islamic education.”

However, the Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane, said the number of the abducted students had yet to be ascertained.

Matane stated, “Yes, there was an attack at the Islamiyya school, but we do not yet have the exact number of students that were abducted. We are in touch with parents in the area to know those whose children were abducted.”

More details later …………….