Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, ASP Mohammed Jalije has revealed that no fewer than 17 kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School, Kaduna have returned while a teacher at the school, Emmanuel Paul, said that the bandits abducted 165 students.
“The kidnappers took away 140 students, only 25 students escaped. We still have no idea where the students were taken,” Emmanuel Paul said.
TOS News had reported earlier that gunmen attacked the Baptist school, located at Damishi town of Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State and kidnap
However, Police spokesperson said the exact number of students abducted by the bandits had yet to be ascertained, adding that details would be made public in due course.
“Tactical police teams went after the kidnappers,” he added. “We are still on the rescue mission.”
The attackers were said to have scaled a fence to break into the School in Kaduna state in the early hours of Monday.
Around 1,000 students and pupils have been abducted in different Nigerian states since December last year. Most have been released after negotiations with local officials, although some are still being held.
Bethel Baptist High School is a co-education college established by Baptist church in 1991 at Maramara village in Chikun district outside the state capital Kaduna.
Monday’s attack was the fourth mass school kidnap in Kaduna State since December and Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, has insisted that he will not pay ransom to bandits.