The Zamfara State government, Nigeria Police, on Friday, has confirmed the abduction of about three-hundred and seventeen,317 school girls at Government Girls Secondary school in Jangebe, in Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Friday.
The students were kidnapped after armed gunmen stormed the school located within the Talata-Mafara local government area of the state on Friday morning.
The Zamfara Police Commissioner, CP Abutu Yaro, speaking to newsmen said a joint search and rescue operation has been dispatched to rescue the 317 students kidnapped
It was made known to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital by the state commissioner of Information, Hon. Sulaiman Tunau Anka while reacting to questions from newsmen.
The commissioner noted that the bandits stormed the school during the wee hours of Friday and kidnapped the girls while others managed to escape and alerted the general public over the unfortunate incident.
Tunau Anna said the number of the kidnapped students were yet to be ascertained either by the state government or the security agencies, saying investigations were on to ascertain the actual number of students whisked away.
The Zamfara State Police Command in collaboration with the military has commenced joint search operations to rescue the 317 students.
The Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro, the Force Commander Operations Hadarin Daji, Major General Aminu Bande, Brigade Commander 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army Gusau and other state government officials led a heavily armed reinforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to be taken to.
The CP while interfacing with the Principal of the school and the parents appealed to them to be calm as joint efforts of the Police and other security agencies will surely lead to the successful rescue of the students.