By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Armed bandits suspected to be Fulani Militias have on Monday reportedly killed One, abducted a number of students and set a church ablaze n Kaduna state.
Eyewitness said the bandits invaded Prince Academy Damba-Kasaya in Kunai ward in Chikun Local government area and aducted the students while preparing for junior WAEC examination.
The Bandits, who allegedly rode on motorcycles arrived the community at about 7:45am and started shooting sporadically into the air and abducted the students for an operation that lasted 45 minutes.
Eyewitness said the number of students abducted were yet to be identified, it was however gathered they were there to write the Junior School Certificate Examination (JSCE) alongside some villagers.
A villager, Mr Bawa Wakili who confirmed the incident said he was riding on a motorcycle when he sighted the gunmen from far into the community and quickly raised alarm.
He said the gunmen went straight to the school and took away some students before they also abducted some villagers.
Mr Wakili said a Church, Aminchi Baptist Church Damba-Kasaya was also set ablaze by the gunmen. He said some villagers were also abducted alongside the students.
As at the time of filing this report one person was confirmed killed while others sustained gunshots injuries.
“The suspected Fulani Militias also went away with some mortocyles belonging to the villagers.
“When the attack started, the military came in and were even trailing the attackers but withdrew along the way for reasons best known to them, leaving us to our fate”. A youth leader who prefers to be anonymous revealed.
The Federal government had only recently reopened schools across the country to enable graduating students in secondary schools seat for their final exams. This prompted the reopening of schools in Kaduna state.
Chikun Local government has come under series of fulani herdsmen attacks lately with several people either kidnapped for ransom or killed and many communities have been displaced.
Kaduna state has been on the news since 2015 as the headquarter of kidnappings and banditry where no fewer than 366 villagers have been killed between January and July 2020 alone, according to Amnesty International.
The Kaduna state government has been widely criticized for what many believed to be poor handling of the lingering security challenges in the state, resulting.
Contact, the public relations officer, PPRO, kaduna police command Muhammad jalige, could not respond till time of filing this report.