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Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by agwom(m): 7:57am On Feb 19
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How I watched gunmen kill my friend – Student
* Abductors operated for 2 hrs, police post nearby – Source
* Police involve hunters in rescue mission


The 52-year-old Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, where 42 people including students, staff and their families were abducted on Wednesday, is in a state of disrepair, Daily Trust reports.

Our correspondent who was at the school on the day of the abduction reports that the condition of the school and location made it a potential risk and attractive for the men of the underworld.

Established in 1969, the boarding school, surrounded by bushes, is located in the outskirt of Kagara, the headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area in Southern Senatorial District of Niger State.

The school, looking like an abandoned village destroyed during a war, is about 3 hours’ drive (114.1 km) via Minna – Zungeru and Minna-Maikunlele road.

Right from the main gate, the collapsed fence, hostels, quarters and classrooms revealed the terrible state of the school where students are learning.

Sources said most of the over 1,000 students in the school are children of the poor from Kagara and neighbouring villages who have no means of going elsewhere.

Some of them interviewed said they had no alternative and rather than leaving their wards at home, they sent them to the dilapidated school where “only unfortunate teachers and other workers” were deployed.



During its good old days, the GSC Kagara had produced many students who have made names and landmark achievement in life. One of them is Senator Shehu Sani who represented Kaduna State in the Senate between 2015 and 2019.

It was, however, observed that the school since inception has not received any major maintenance thereby leaving the staff and students at the mercy of bandits and diseases.

The fence around the school has completely collapsed and therefore accessible by anyone from any side.

All the hostels have shrunken with some of the roofs caved in, doors and windows broken even as the students have no option than to indulge in open defecation considering that the toilets are not fit for human use.

Other buildings in the school like the library, laboratories and others have no good windows or doors. Reptiles and other harmful animals easily encroach.

It’s only a school in name


One of the parents, whose daughter was among those kidnapped, Mr Kamid Ahmed, bemoaned the condition of the school.

He said: “The place is not secured for the students at all because there is no fence; so criminals can enter at any time but we hope the government will do something.

“In my daughter’s house, I know that they are seven in number including with my co-examiner, Mallam Lawal, Mallama Hanatu and Mallam Dodo who were posted here from another school. Mallam Lawal is the current examiner of the school.”

“We haven’t established any contact with my daughter. The husband escaped narrowly but for her and others, no one has heard anything. He was the first person to be kidnapped in the house, they took them to the hostel, and he then escaped when they were rounding up the students,” he said.

An eyewitness, who doesn’t want to be named, explained that the gunmen stormed the school around 2 am in military uniform and parked their bikes some kilometres away near another school called Attahiru Secondary School.

The source said that the abductees were tied with ropes in twos to make it difficult for anyone to escape.

Aliyu Isa, who is one of those who escaped, said he removed his cloth so that they won’t see him when he made up his mind to escape, adding that attackers kept shooting sporadically while they were running into the bush.

How I watched gunmen kill my friend – Student

A student, who narrowly escaped abduction, told the BBC Hausa Service how his friend was gunned down in front of him and others.

He said around 2 am, his friends woke up when he learnt that some strange persons were heading towards the school premises holding lamps.

“At that time, my friend woke me up saying some people are approaching through the backyard of the school compound. He suggested that we should go and find out but I advised that he should not be apprehensive. I told him to go back to bed but he snubbed me. He took torchlight and flashed at them and they swiftly put off their torchlights,” the student, who pleaded anonymity, said.

According to him, “Up till the moment they entered the hostel, we couldn’t realise that they are kidnappers. They swung into waking students up pointing guns at them and warning that whoever moves or shouts would be shot dead instantly. At that time, one student learnt that they must have been gangsters; he then shouted urging his colleagues to run for their dear lives as bandits had infringed, this was when the students started running.

‘‘A friend of mine who left me a moment before their arrival encountered them. As he was trying to run through the window, they opened fire on him three times; one at his head, the second at his back and the last one hit his stomach to the extent that his brain popped out. It was indeed a gory scene,’’ he said.

The student said he and few others hid in a leeway inside their dormitory and were lucky not to have been sighted by the attackers.

“What rattled and saddened me was how my friend was killed in my presence. I could see his body lying before me. I wept profusely,” he said.

Some parents of the abducted students while narrating the torments they are going through said they received the news of the abduction with shock.

One of them said: “It is around 7 am when another parent whose son was abducted told me that gunmen had stormed GSS Kagara. We are really in distress since it was reported that some students had sneaked into the bush whilst others were with them. So, we started thinking about whether our child had escaped into the bush or is with the abductors.

“By dusk, one of the teachers phoned us informing that our child is among those that were abducted. We were thinking of going to Kagara, but we later cancelled the plan since we have nothing to do there. We are now appealing to the authorities to come to our aid. We are helpless; let them find means to rescue our children,” he said.

Abductors operated for 2 hrs, police post nearby – Source

Sources on Thursday disclosed that a police station was few miles away from the school while bandits operated for two hours.

One of the sources condemned how the police didn’t show up until the bandits went away with the victims.

He alleged: “The police station is just like two kilometres away from the school. Of course, gunshots must have alerted them that something terrible was happening nearby. The bandits operated for two hours in the school during that wee hour.”

He also condemned the Niger State Government for neglecting people of the area and wondered if any officials will allow his ward to study there.

Meanwhile, the Niger State House of Assembly said it is backing the state governor for ruling out ransom and other forms of gratified negotiations for kidnappers.

The Speaker, Bawa Wase, made this known during plenary on Thursday.

Police incorporate hunters in rescue mission

The Nigeria Police Force has deployed the first phase of Operation Adder II to Niger State to rescue the abducted victims.

It said they will embark on the well-planned deployment of four units of Police Mobile Force and Special Forces alongside other operational assets to crime-prone local government areas in the state.

Speaking during the flag-off of the special operation in Minna, Niger State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman said the special security troops will reinforce the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the state.

“We will deploy them to all the red flag points. We had problems with inadequate personnel in the past but that is no longer a problem with the coming of these troops. They will be deployed to Munya, Munya, Shiroro, Mariga and the Lapai-Agaie axis.”

“We are also using the locals. We have mobilised the vigilantes and the police will work with the vigilantes.” he said.

The police commissioner said the abductors were still with their abductors, adding that the security agencies were working tirelessly to bring them back.

According to him, “The abducted victims are still there, we are trying to reinforce and with the deployment of these special troops, we will rescue the victims.

“Everything is being properly handled. We have deployed troops to where they (abductors) are, we know what is happening and we are monitoring them.

“We have a lot of personnel in the area both land and air. This reinforcement will also assist and go a long way in ensuring that we rescue the victims.”

From Romoke W. Ahmad (who was in Kagara), Dalhatu Liman (Abuja) & Zahraddeen Yakubu (Kano)

https://dailytrust.com/niger-abduction-52-year-old-kagara-school-in-sorry-state

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by cchub: 8:07am On Feb 19
i watched the news cap on arise TV yesterday night. The school is a shit show.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by triple996(m): 8:11am On Feb 19
nawa woo
this is bad
this is very bad.
we need to upgrade our education sector
and some people were insulting elrufai for renovations of all government schools.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Racoon(m): 8:15am On Feb 19
Chai! Just negodu! This is a unity school.So the minister of education-Adamu Adamu should explain to this nation why children paying school fees are forced to acquire education in such a horrible place.

The minster & the senate committee on education should also explain why the budget for education didnt take this dilapidated school into consideration.This place is not fit for any educational activities but simply a hood or fortress for the bandits/terrorists to make their habitation.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Nbotee(m): 8:28am On Feb 19
Is there any part of dis country dat still works??

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Safettyfess(f): 8:28am On Feb 19
I feel sorry for state of affairs in the country

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by adesegun121(m): 8:28am On Feb 19
Ok
Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by SmartPolician: 8:28am On Feb 19
What a horrible-looking school!
Most of these old schools have alumni.
Where are they?

These alumni members have gained so much from the system and have refused to give back.

The task of nation-building is a collective responsibility. No country develops without its citizens doing their bit or making sacrifices.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by GreaterFuture3: 8:28am On Feb 19
People that are suffering before, Subjected to even more Suffering.
Indeed Life is very Unfair.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Bossontop(m): 8:28am On Feb 19
I hate this country

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by NaijaFutbol: 8:28am On Feb 19
Gradually eliminating western education and Christian dominated communities

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by specialmati(m): 8:29am On Feb 19
cool cool coolwhat a country.how do we end this country and start afresh

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Abdulabduln(m): 8:29am On Feb 19
So help me God

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Nackzy: 8:29am On Feb 19
Stupid country

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by 15ssDRIVE: 8:29am On Feb 19
agwom:
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https://dailytrust.com/niger-abduction-52-year-old-kagara-school-in-sorry-state


I don’t believe any African politician can make heaven !!

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Segkem2013(m): 8:29am On Feb 19
A country that doesn't value education but celebrate rogues and fraudsters.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by EdidemLord(m): 8:29am On Feb 19
This school is a stool
Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Davidblen(m): 8:29am On Feb 19
see as school resemble my village kitchen

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by nextBIGthing: 8:29am On Feb 19
Buhari again

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Oyebaba10: 8:29am On Feb 19
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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by gambia(m): 8:30am On Feb 19
This country is completely finished.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Jumlek2411: 8:30am On Feb 19
The ransom they will pay for the release of the students would have gone a long way to uplift the standard of d school

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Imstrong2(m): 8:30am On Feb 19
The school, looking like an abandoned village destroyed during a war, is about 3 hours’ drive (114.1 km) via Minna – Zungeru and Minna-Maikunlele road.[b][/b]
Very close to two former head of state fa

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Generalkorex(m): 8:30am On Feb 19
I'm fed up with this country.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by Rugaria: 8:30am On Feb 19
The international media will soon pick on this to increase the embarrassment and humiliations...

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by ecomalchemist(m): 8:31am On Feb 19
No where is safe
The rate of insecurity in this country is alarming to say the least.
if the former Airforce commandant Alex badeh with security detail was ambushed and killed like a Christmas fowl, you know the rest.
Chief of defence staff said we should not be cowards, we should fight terrorists wielding RPG's and Automatic rifles with my mother's turn garri abi ?
Nigeria was built on lies and deceit, know this and know peace.
The earlier you plan your escape, the better.
Don't be foolish to ask me who will stay behind and build Nigeria.
we have been building Nigeria since 1960 and the country has been deteriorating ever since.
No jobs, No healthcare, No light, No opportunities, No infrastructures, No security, Bad economy, 30+ are travelling abroad using Msc as decoy so they can marry and start a family because of the bad economy.
single ladies are clocking 35 with no man in sight because of this.
I just need that peace of mind, Nigeria is hell already.

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by sureboykris(m): 8:32am On Feb 19
[b][/b]*Police involve hunters in rescue mission

Whenever I read stuff like this, I get really upset.
Why do we keep living in self deceit. How will things get better when we keep lying to ourselves.
We know the only rescue mission here is to pay ransom. Who are we fooling? Ourselves.
Continue forming rescue. Our security forces can't even stand the fire power of these guys.
The best cure for this is to prevent it in the first place. Once abduction occurs, you must settle.
We're in a very dangerous cycle in this country and except the President wakes up from his slumber, these criminals will destroy Nigeria

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Re: Kagara Abduction: 52-Year-Old Kagara School In Sorry State by IYANGBALI: 8:33am On Feb 19
Someone tolded me that Seun is an old student of the school

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