An 18-year-old student of Government Science School, Kankara, in Katsina State, Osama Aminu Maale, has narrated how he escaped from bandits who kidnapped hundreds of his colleagues last Friday.
About 520 students, he said, were abducted when the armed bandits invaded the school Friday night.
He told AFP on the telephone, “There were a total of 520 of us that were taken by the gunmen from the school.”
“After they took us away we stopped inside the bus where they made the older students take a headcount. We counted 520,” he said.
The hostages were split into groups before Maale and four others escaped.
“One of the gunmen hit me repeatedly when I failed to keep up with the rest of the group due to my failing health before he let me trail behind, giving me the chance to escape,” he added.
Although the Federal Government says it is making efforts to rescue the students abducted by armed men who raided their hostels, UNICEF condemned the assault on the school, the home state of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, who visited the school on Saturday, said soldiers were working to locate and free the hostages.
“Soldiers are currently in the bushes fighting the bandits. We will do all we can to ensure all the abducted children are reclaimed,” he said.
Masari said it was still not clear how many students were “in the hands of the bandits” and how many had managed to escape.
“The school has a population of 839 and so far, we are yet to account for 333 students,” Masari told an FG delegation on Sunday.
“We are still counting because more are still coming out of the forest,” said the governor.
“Up till this moment, no one can give a precise figure of the children abducted,” he stated, adding that students who escaped confirmed some of their peers were taken.
Since the attack, all secondary schools in the state have been shut.
Four die, one missing as Lagos-Kano bus plunges into Kogi river
Tragedy struck Tuesday night in Kogi State as an 18-seater bus plunged into the Black River, a tributary to River Niger, in the Koton Karfe area, killing four of its occupants.
Solomon Agure, Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal road Safety Corps, confirmed that the accident occurred around 7.30pm.
He said the bus with registration number Plateau – JJN 73 XA took off from Ijora Seven Up park in Lagos and was heading for Kano.
According to Agure, four people, including a woman, died in the accident while seven others were critically injured.
The driver was said to have lost control of the vehicle after sleeping off.
The state Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Suleiman Mafara, said after receiving a distress call, his men in conjunction with FRSC officials and volunteer divers moved to the scene.
He said four corpses had been recovered and 13 others rescued alive while one person could not be accounted for.
He added that his men and other Security personnel were working to recover the only person yet to be accounted for.
The recovered corpses, according to Marafa, have been deposited at a mortuary in Lokoja.
He warned drivers and commuters to adhere strictly to road safety guidelines so as to avoid preventable accidents on the highways.
Lagos governor hails Remi Tinubu at 61
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu, on the occasion of her 61st birthday.
Governor Sanwo-Olu described the former First Lady of Lagos State as a great asset to Lagos State and Nigeria, who has contributed immeasurably towards nation-building.
The governor in a statement by Gboyega Akosile, his Chief Press Secretary, said the three-term senator and philanthropist has contributed immensely to humanity and governance with her laudable programmes as First Lady and currently as a member of the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
He added that the federal lawmaker has played critical roles in the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria, thereby setting examples for other women in leadership and governance.
He said, “On behalf of my dear wife, Ibijoke and the good people of Lagos State, I heartily congratulate a political icon, the distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 61st birthday celebration.
“Over the years, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has emblazoned her name on the national and international stage as a lover of truth, an advocate of social justice, philanthropist and a loud voice of the voiceless.
“Senator Tinubu’s penchant for diligence and distinction is evident in her contributions to the development of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political landscape as former First Lady in Lagos State and as distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic.
“On this occasion of her 61st birthday, I pray that God will continue to preserve and grant her good health to enable our distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu to render more service to humanity, Nigeria and our beloved State, Lagos.”
Imo mob lynches suspected ESN member trying to enforce sit-at-home order
A mob lynched an alleged leader of the proscribed Eastern Security Network (ESN) on Monday while trying to enforce a sit-at-home order alongside his gang members.
Commissioner of Police in Imo, Mr Rabiu Hussaini, confirmed the incident in a press statement signed by the police spokesman, CSP Mike Abattam.
He stated that before police patrol team could arrive at the scene, the ESN member had been lynched, while his gang members fled.
He added that Hussaini had directed that the lynching suspects must be handed over to the police for proper investigation.
In the press statement, Abattam said residents of Umuagbavo Oru Ahiara in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo came out of their houses and were going about their lawful businesses.
“Suddenly, one Obinwanne Iwu, 34 years, a native of Ahiara in the same local government area who is an escapee of Imo Correctional Centre, Owerri, went to the market with his gang trying to enforce a sit-at-home order of the proscribed IPOB/ESN terror group.
“They were shouting at the top of their voices that `today is Monday and everybody must obey the sit at home order’ ‘’ he said.
He added that the harassment did not go down well with the people who resisted the gang.
He said the angry mob in their numbers held Iwu, tied his hands behind his back while others fled the scene.
In the process, the suspect was mercilessly beaten to death before the police patrol team arrived at the scene.
“Efforts made by the police patrol team to arrest the perpetrators proved abortive as they all fled the scene on sighting the patrol team,’’ Abattam stated.
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