Gunmen have raided Government Science College in Nigeria and kidnapped 42 people, including 27 students.
The school, located in the Niger State in central Nigeria, was raided at 2am on Wednesday by the gunmen, who killed a student and abducted three staff and 12 family members.
The state governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, who confirmed the incident at a news conference shortly after an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies directed that all boarding schools in three local councils in the state be closed down with immediate effect until the situation improved.
He called on the Federal Government to deploy all resources to secure the state, while the State Government was doing everything possible to ensure safe return of the students and staff.
Bello also said that the State Government would not pay ransom to the suspected bandits in order to secure the release of their victims, but that it was ready to support any bandit who was ready to surrender their arms.
Government Science College, Kagara, has a total of 650 students out of whom the 27 were abducted and one, Benjamin Doma, was killed by the kidnappers.
Recall that 40 passengers travelling from Kontagora to Minna where abducted by suspected gunmen on Sunday February 14.
However, 8 out of the 40 passengers abducted, have regained freedom, leaving the others in the hands of their abductors who are demanding ransom.
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