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Number of Jangebe abducted schoolgirls not known, says Zamfara Commissioner

The Zamfara State Government on Friday morning said the number of students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, is unknown.

Bandits stormed the school around 1am on Friday with over 300 students reportedly abducted from the school.

But Zamfara State Commissioner of Information And Culture, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau Anka, said the exact number of abducted students is yet to be ascertained.

“We are yet to verify the exact number of the students kidnapped. Security operatives have launched a manhunt for the criminals.”

“They went to the school with vehicles. Some of the girls were made to trek. We are on top of the situations as all contacts and efforts are being made to rescue the kidnapped schoolgirls,” he said.

The abduction happened hours after the State government celebrated that some repentant bandits had surrendered their arms.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has been pushing for a dialogue with bandits for peace to reign.

The federal government is yet to react to the latest kidnap incident.

When students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, were abducted on February 17, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed security agencies to ensure their immediate release.

However, the victims are still in captivity.

First published by Daily Trust

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