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Gunmen have just invaded Bethel Baptist School, a private institution located in the Maraban Rido region of Kaduna State’s Chikun Local Government Area, abducting an undisclosed number of pupils.
According to Channels TV, the kidnappers stormed the school, which is located on the Kaduna-Kachia road, in the early hours of Monday and began firing randomly into the air before snatching the children.
Four of the students fled, while the remainder were kidnapped and transported to an unknown location by the bandits.
This comes after Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai removed his children from a public school in Kaduna after learning about a kidnapping plan involving his son.
At September 2019, the governor enrolled his six-year-old son, Abubakar-Sadiq, in Kaduna Capital School, a public school in the Kaduna state capital, to demonstrate leadership in revamping public education in the state and making it more competitive.
In an interview with the BBC on Friday, El-Rufai stated that existing security information showed that three bandit gangs were going to kidnap his son from school, a scenario that he also warns will put other children in severe risk.
The Governor also disclosed that he had enrolled Sadiq’s younger sister, Nasrine in the same school after turning six years, before the security development, thereby forcing the family to withdraw the two children from the public school temporarily.
“My son is registered in the school because his sister also became six years of age and we registered her in the school but we’ve had to temporarily withdraw them for the security of the school because we got intercept from at least two groups that are planning to attack the school to kidnap my son,” he said.
“I don’t think they will succeed because there will be enough security there to prevent it but other children may be placed in danger. We have no idea what weapons they will come with.”
He however said that his two children are currently homeschooling, and are only going to Capital School to write exams, with the hope of returning to Kaduna Capital School when security improves.
The Governor further explained that his family took the decision to withdraw his son and daughter based on the advice of security agents, and in order not to put the school at risk of being attacked by bandits.