Gunmen attack private university in Kaduna, Nigeria, kidnap students

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An empty class room following an attack by gunmen at Government Science College, Kagara, Nigeria, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Gunmen have attacked a school in Nigeria's northcentral Niger State, killing at least one student and abducting more than 40 people including students and teachers, according to an official, teacher and a prefect. (AP Photo)

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have abducted some students during an attack on a private university in Kaduna state in Nigeria on Tuesday night.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has confirmed.

Channels Television reports that the academic institution, Green Field University, is located along the Kaduna–Abuka Highway in Chikun Local Government Area, and also the first private university in the state established three years ago.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen stormed the university last night and started shooting sporadically, before taking some of the students away.

The locals said that the university with about forty students population does not have enough security on the ground, despite being located in one of the epicentres of kidnapping, a situation which they believe made it easier for the bandits to gain easy access into the institution.

In recent time, Kaduna has been facing series of attacks by bandits including assaults on schools.

On March 11th, they attacked the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in the Igabi Local Government Area of the state and kidnapped 39 students.

While ten out of the number have been released, the fate of the remaining ones still hangs in the balance.

(With input from Channels Television)

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