Gunmen storm government school, abduct caterers, children
Zamfara Police CP, Damian Chukwu

The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the kidnap of five persons at the Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki, in the Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the incident to Punch correspondent on Thursday, but said no student was abducted.

He, however, stated that the gunmen abducted two caterers and three of their children.

Shehu said, “On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, around 9.30pm, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Zurmi division received a distress call that armed men entered Government Girls Secondary school in Moriki through the back fence with the intent to attack the school and abduct students.

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“A combined team of personnel headed by the DPO mobilised to the school and confronted the armed men and stopped them from gaining access to the students’ hostels.

“No students were abducted as earlier reported by some media outfits; however, two caterers and three of their children were later discovered missing.

“The police are collaborating with the school authority to establish the whereabouts of the missing persons.

“A search and rescue operation team has been dispatched to the surrounding bushes for an extensive combing.”