PDP attacks Buhari as armed bandits invade school in Zamfara, kidnap girls

Some gunmen on Wednesday night invaded the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Moriki, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, and abducted five persons including two caterers and three children.

Also, security was beefed up on Thursday in Daura and some of its surrounding villages after bandits kidnapped the Magajin Garin Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar, an in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Worried by the rising insecurity in the country particularly in the North, the House of Representatives on Thursday invited the President to address the lawmakers on what his administration was doing to stem the tide of killings and abductions in the country.  

However, the Peoples Democratic Party knocked Buhari for the Zamfara girls’ school abduction, saying the President “wanders abroad,” while insecurity was rising in the country.

The opposition party called on the President to hurry back home to address the security challenge.

Confirming the attack on the GGSS, Moriki, on Thursday, the Zamfara State Police Command said though no pupil of the school was abducted, two caterers and their three children were kidnapped during the invasion.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mohammed Shehu, in a statement stated that armed men entered the school through the back fence with intent to abduct the schoolgirls.

He stated that after being alerted the police went to the scene, confronted the armed men and stopped them from gaining access to the girls’ hostels.

Sheu added, “The bandits took a retreat to the bush. No pupil was abducted as earlier reported by some media. However, two caterers and three of their children were later discovered missing. The police are collaborating with the school authorities to establish the whereabouts of the missing persons.”

The PPRO disclosed that a search and rescue operation team had been dispatched to the surrounding bushes.

“Security has been beefed up in the school and its environment to forestall further happening,” he added.

Zamfara seeks schools’ protection to avoid Chibok, Dapchi saga

Reacting to the abduction, the Zamfara State Government said it was committed to ensuring security of its schools, adding that such places needed special protection.

The Director General, Press Affairs, Bashir Ahmed, who spoke to one of our correspondents said, “The state government is committed to doing more to make places such as girls’ schools are more secure.

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