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Five abducted by armed men who stormed Zamfara girls schools not students – Police

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The Zamfara State Police Command on Thursday confirmed attacks by armed bandits on Government Girls Secondary School Moriki in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday night.

However, the police dismissed claims that students of the school were abducted by the bandits during the attack. It insisted that the five persons declared missing after the attack were not students of the college.

According to reports, the bandits stormed the area around 11:30 pm firing sporadic gun shots in the air.

Confirming the attack, the Commissioner of Police, Celestine Okoye said: We have confirmed reports of an attack on the school in Moriki, but no students were abducted. Unfortunately, four cooks were abducted from the school,” the police boss said.

In a similar explanation on details of the attack, the command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu said: “On 1st May 2019 at about 2130hrs, DPO Zurmi received a distress call that, unidentified number of Armed men entered into Government Girls secondary school Moriki in Zurmi LGA through the back fence of the school with intend to attack the school and abduct students.”

Recall that some social media posts cited the BBC Hausa as reporting that at least two teachers were abducted alongside the cooks. The bandits had reportedly blocked the road leading to the school before breaking into its premises.

Okoye however said details of how the girls were prevented from being abducted would be made public shortly. The police chief said efforts were underway to rescue the victims, urging parents and members of the community not to be apprehensive about unconfirmed social media claims.

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