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Nigeria: Many persons abducted by unknown gunmen in Zamfara girls school

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Armed bandits on Wednesday night attacked a secondary school in Zamfara State, abducting many.

In a BBC Hausa report, the attackers stormed Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki, shot sporadically and abducted unspecified number of people.

Sources told the BBC that the attackers, who successfully abducted four cooks and two teachers, were unable to reach the students’ dormitories.

The source said the bandits had earlier in the afternoon blocked a road leading to the town before attacking the school at night.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists abducted hundreds of schoolgirls of a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State.

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Although Nigerian authorities had negotiated the release of some of the girls, it is believed that 112 girls are still with the terrorists five years after the abduction.

On February 19, 2018, 109 schoolgirls from their secondary school in Dapchi, Yobe State, were abducted by Boko Haram.

In a deal struck by Nigerian government with the terrorists, the girls were released a few days after but still held a Christian girl, Leah Sharibu, for her refusal to renounce Christianity.

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Unidentified gunmen set ablaze NDLEA office in southeast Nigeria

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UMUAHIA — An office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was set ablaze on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Amaekpu Ohafia Abia State, in south-eastern Nigeria.

The incident occurred amid several reports of attacks on police facilities and government forces in the country.

No casualties were recorded in the attack suspected of being carried out by armed hoodlums, authorities said.

Meanwhile, residents told Gazette Africa that the attack lasted for about 30 minutes, forcing the officers to flee to safety.

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Fulani herders kidnap students in southern Nigeria

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Members of a "bandit" gang pose with weapons at their forest hideout in northwestern Zamfara state, Nigeria, Feb. 22, 2021.

An unknown number of students from Abia State University were kidnapped on Wednesday by gunmen suspected of being Fulani herders.

They were kidnapped along Okigwe-Uturu Road, on the border between Abia and Imo State, in the east of the country.

“Fulani herdsmen who wore military uniforms moved the students to Lokpa. No one knows if they are still alive or not,” a commercial driver told Gazette Africa.

Abia State Information Commissioner John Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said “the students were moving in a minivan from Okigwe to Uturu between 7 pm and 8 pm when they ran into the armed gang who marched them into the nearby forest along with other yet-to-be-identified travellers.

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“Two of the students managed to escape from the hoodlums while others are still being held at a yet-to-be-identified location.”

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu, rights activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) condemned the kidnapping, calling it provocative and cowardly.

The head of IPOB ordered the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional non-state security force, to hunt the Fulani herders and rescue the kidnapped students.

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Jihadists kill 31 soldiers in Northeast Nigeria

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At least 31 Nigerian soldiers were killed when IS-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy escorting weapons and overran a base in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, military sources told AFP Monday.

Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), arriving in around 20 vehicles, attacked the convoy on Sunday in the town of Mainok outside the regional capital Maiduguri, killing troops and seizing weapons before storming a nearby base, the two sources said.

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