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3 Students Escape Abduction As Armed Gang Attacks Mission School In North-central Nigeria

Three students escaped kidnapping following an attack on a mission school in Plateau State, North-central Nigeria.

Three students of Capro Secondary Mission School at Gana Ropp, Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State, North-central Nigeria, on Thursday escaped from an armed gang that abducted them.

Four students were reported taken by the armed group from the school but three of them escaped, while one remained in captivity.

The mission school, an arm of Calvary Ministries, is situated a few kilometres from the Yakubu Gowon airport and about 60 kilometres from the state capital, Jos.

The attackers broke into the school by drilling through a fence before abducting the students, Reverend Gideon Para-Mallam an eyewitness said, confirming the report.

He explained that what could have been a mass abduction was prevented by the swift intervention of security agents forcing the assailants to leave.

“Three of the students escaped as the abductors fled,” he said.

The Plateau State Police Command was yet to make any statement on the incident as of the time of filing this report but HumAngle was informed that community efforts were ongoing to secure the release of the abducted student still in captivity.

The attack on a school in Plateau State comes a few days after HumAngle reported that two students were abducted Sunday, April 25  during a private evening reading session at about 10:30 p.m. WAT from Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, North-central Nigeria.

However, the two abducted students were released on Wednesday, April 28.

HumAngle also reported that  seven Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were gruesomely murdered and 15 others injured by suspected criminal herders at the Abagana camp, Benue State, North-central Nigeria, Tuesday morning.

The death of the seven led to a protest by other IDPs displaying the bodies of the deceased while blocking the Makurdi-Lafia highway.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday, April 28 inaugurated a 40-man committee to find a solution to the country’s security challenges. The Committee is set to hold a four-day security summit in May.

Nigeria continues to face several security challenges, including insurgency in the Northeast, banditry in the Northwest, secessionist agitations in the Southeast and Farmers-Herders crises across the North-central region and several Southwestern states.

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