Kaduna state authorities have confirmed two lecturers and eight students were kidnapped in an armed attack on Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria on Thursday.
One student was shot dead in the attack, according to Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna’s commissioner for internal security and home affairs.
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Aruwan said that security agencies had briefed the state government on the incident which took place at the main campus of the polytechnic in Zaria on Thursday night.
He said the bandits invaded the institution’s staff quarters in the campus, shooting sporadically and in the “process, two students were hit and sustained gunshot injuries’’.
“They were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Sadly, one of the victims died early this (Friday) morning, while the other is receiving treatment,’’ he said.
Aruwan said Gov. Nasir El-Rufai was saddened by the incident and prayed for repose of the soul of the student killed.
“El-Rufai wished the injured student a speedy recovery,’’ he said, adding that senior government officials and security agencies were already assessing and interfacing with the management and students of the institution.
This is the third major attack on a higher institution in Kaduna in three months.
On March 11, 2021, gunmen abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Igabi LGA, in Kaduna.
On April 20, 2021, students of Greenfield University were kidnapped from the school campus in Chikun LGA, still in Kaduna.
The latest abduction happened hours after President Muhammadu Buhari vowed that non-state actors threatening the peace of the country will be crushed.
The abduction is also a second one in the school in around half a year.
Last November, gunmen abducted the Head of Department, Computer Engineering, Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Engr. Bello Atiku.
They invaded the staff quarters of the institution with Atiku and two children of his neighbour, Sanusi Hassan abducted.