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Kaduna: Gunmen abduct students, lecturers at Bamali Polytechnic

Gunmen have attacked Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State. The abductors who struck on Thursday took away some students, lecturers and their families.

An official of Kaduna Sate Vigilance Service told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that some students of the institution were also injured.

The official, who did not give details, said the incident occurred on Thursday night between 10.30pm and 11pm. When contacted  Malam Abdullahi Shehu, Public Relations Officer of the institution, confirmed the incident, adding that management was trying to ascertain the exact number of people affected.

Similarly, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mohammed Jalige, Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, also confirmed the incident to NAN, but said he was still awaiting details on the matter.

He promised to get in touch with newsmen as soon as such details were available.

In the meantime, the State Government has confirmed the incident. It was gathered that an HND student, who earlier sustained injuries from a gunshot, has died.

A statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who visited the school, said some students are still missing.

According to him, “The Kaduna State government has been briefed by security agencies of an attack by armed bandits at the main campus of the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic late on Thursday night.

“According to the briefing, the bandits invaded the staff quarters of the campus, shooting sporadically. In the process, two students were hit and sustained gunshot injuries. They were identified as: – Ahmad Muhammad, – Haruna Isyaku Duniya.
“They were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Sadly, Ahmad Muhammad succumbed to his wounds and died early this morning. Haruna Isyaku Duniya is still receiving treatment. Two lecturers and about eight students were abducted from the institution during the attack.”

Aruwan added, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the briefing with sadness and prayed for the repose of the soul of the student killed, while sending condolences to his family. He wished the injured student a speedy recovery.

“As at the time of this update, senior government officials and security agencies are conducting security assessments and interfacing with the management and students of the institution.”

Many students are currently announcing that some of their classmates are missing.

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