| 22 February 2024, Thursday |

One abducted student dead, seven rescued in Nigeria’s Kebbi state

One student from a group of dozens kidnapped from a school in northwest Nigeria this week has been found dead, the army announced on Friday, noting that it had rescued 5 students and 2 teachers.

On Thursday, gunmen raided the school in Kebbi state in broad daylight in the latest case of mass kidnappings in the region. A teacher said over 80 students were taken, while the police said 5 teachers were kidnapped but did not disclose the number of missing students.

In a statement, Nigerian army spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu said one female student was found dead in the forest by troops tracking the abductors. Those who were rescued were released after an exchange of fire in the early hours of Friday.

Nwachukwu said “troops are still on the heels of the kidnappers in order to rescue the remaining abductees still in captivity.”

The statement added that troops, with support from the Nigerian Air Force, had also recovered 800 stolen cattle.

The abduction was the third mass kidnapping from a school in northwest Nigeria in as many weeks, with armed gangs carrying out the kidnappings for ransom.

  • Reuters