Lecture room where gunmen kidnapped ratings of youth at an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria. (AFP)
LAGOS: Authorities have confirmed that 136 college students had been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Nigeria earlier this week, along with some as younger as 5 years mature, the college’s proprietor acknowledged Thursday.
Gunmen on bikes centered Salihu Tanko Islamic College on Sunday, killing one particular person and abducting three lecturers as properly, college proprietor Umar Idris told The Associated Press.
After days of uncertainty of how many college students had been taken, Niger convey authorities issued a commentary Thursday inserting the toll at 136 pupils missing.
Idris acknowledged the number unexcited could per chance well additionally very properly be rise, despite the incontrovertible truth that, because college officers have now not been in a position to attain all of the of us to substantiate whether their youth are abet dwelling.
“We’ve sent out a message asking of us who have now not yet reported to the college to manufacture so,” Idris acknowledged, adding that three lecturers additionally had been kidnapped.
Ashiru Adamu Idrisa told reporters his three daughters had been amongst these taken by gunmen, the youngest agreeable 5 years mature.
“What I saw became horrifying,“ he acknowledged. “Appropriate in entrance of my eyes my youth had been taken out.”
Other preschoolers had been left on the abet of as they could well additionally now not withhold tempo when the gunmen hurriedly moved these kidnapped into the wooded discipline.
“The 11 youth had been mainly frail between 3 and 4 and they also lacked the stamina to withhold tempo with the gunmen, so they had been abandoned on the map” Idris acknowledged, adding that the preschoolers had been chanced on hours after the attack.
The college’s pupils fluctuate in age between 3 and 14, and of us are enthusiastic that one of the vital youngest kidnapping victims would be unable to continue to exist within the wooded discipline.
Earlier this week, of us of the kidnapped youth criticized the authorities’s response to the disaster, and pleaded for the return of their little youngsters.
“Truthfully, I will declare that we manufacture now not have a authorities, because even earlier than this incident came about you heard folks shouting that they had been coming, then when it came about, and you scramble to the police attach, no motion is taken,” acknowledged Rabiu Garkuwa, parent of two of the kidnapped youth.
Gunmen have kidnapped heaps of of school students in northern Nigeria this year, and the authorities has been unable to cease the spate of abductions for ransom. As a end result, many faculties had been compelled to conclude attributable to the considerations about the kidnapping probability.
Earlier this week, 14 college students and workers from Greenfield College in Kaduna convey had been launched after spending bigger than a month in captivity. The gunmen who demanded heaps of of thousands of bucks in ransom had earlier killed 5 diverse college students to compel the college students’ of us to raise the money.