Security forces and a local defence group have commenced a search for over 400 schoolgirls abducted by a terror group in the early hours of Friday from their school in Jengebe, Zamfara State, and Northwest Nigeria.
Multiple sources confirms the number of abducted schoolgirls could be as high as 417 while others says the figure could be more. Jangebe is located in Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara State.
Kabiru Sani, the vice-president of Muryar Talaka in Zamfara State, whose three children were abducted, told news men that the attackers broke into the school’s entrance and overpowered its security guard before abducting the students.
A teacher also told news men that after the abduction, not more than 50 students could be accounted for in the school which had a population of over 600 students.
The recent abduction of school students is happening just weeks after a school pupil was killed and at least 27 other students and some staff and members of their families were abducted in Government Science College in Niger State, North central Nigeria.
The first mass abduction in a school in Nigeria happened in Borno State, where over 300 students of Chibok Government Girls Secondary School were abducted by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.
Four years later, the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) abducted 119 students from Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State.
In Dec. 2020, over 300 students were abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.