Kankara Students: They have not been heard for almost 48 hours


For the past 48 hours, there have been no reports of students being abducted by gunmen from Kankara Secondary School in Katsina State in northern Nigeria.

Pictures posted on social media show a woman leading a protest in Katsina to pressure the government to save their children.

Gunmen stormed a boys’ high school in Dankara on Friday night and abducted students.

Sources said there were more than 600 students at the time of the attack, but Katsina police spokesman DSP Gambo Isa told the BBC that more than 200 students had already been identified.

The parents of the students are waiting in anticipation of their children’s story, while the Nigerian presidency says troops and police have been deployed to rescue them.

What did the authorities say ?

A statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu on Saturday said the hideouts of the attackers had been identified and they had clashed with security forces.

The police said one of the attackers was killed and one of its officers was injured, while the Inspector General of Police sent additional officers to rescue the students.

Nigerians and parents of students are awaiting notification from the federal or Katsina state government on the status of the Icelandic school rescue.

President Buhari has condemned the abductions but his government is under increasing pressure, especially over the deteriorating security situation in northern Nigeria.

The abduction comes after Boko Haram militants slaughtered farmers in northeastern Borno State at the end of last month.

The children’s families are in a state of shock

The parents of the abducted children have told the BBC they have been in a difficult situation since their children were abducted.

The father of two students told us that since the incident they have been in a state of shock “because every time your child is said to be missing you have to get into trouble, for it is better to say he died.”

He said the children’s mother was very upset even though they had left everything to God.

Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who visited the school on Saturday, ordered the closure of all boarding schools across the state.


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