According to Governor Bagudu, the gunmen – known locally as bandits – raided the Federal College of the Federal Government in the Birnin Yauri district of Kebbi on Thursday, killing a policeman in the attack.
Governor Bagudu also confirmed to CNN that a female student was shot and wounded, while another staff member was hospitalized following the attack, adding that school security teams were ” simply overpowered by the large number of bandits ”.
The final number of abducted students has proven difficult to establish, Bagudu added, noting that some concerned parents have since withdrawn their children from school following the attack.
We don’t know how many students were taken away, ”Bagudu told CNN. “Many parents have taken their children out of school in panic and we hesitate to say how many are missing because some may have returned home.
“The team made up of agents from the mobile police force, anti-kidnapping and counterterrorism units are currently combing the nearby forests, roads and suspected hiding places of criminals,” a- he said in a statement.
The regional police chief, Adeleke Adeyinka, assured the families of the abducted students that the force “is following credible leads and is stepping up its efforts to track down the attackers and ensure the rescue of the missing students and teachers”.
The latest attack follows a spate of kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria, where hundreds of schoolchildren have been kidnapped since December.