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Terrorists Abduct Students From Catholic Seminary In Kaduna

The incident is the latest in a rising wave of mass abductions and attacks that have beset the state despite a trove of security measures recently implemented by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

A terror gang has abducted several students of St. Albert the Great Institute of Philosophy, a Catholic-run major seminary situated in Fayit community in Kagoma Chiefdom in the Jama’a of Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Northwest Nigeria, HumAngle can report.

The terrorists invaded the school late Monday night, Oct. 11, shooting sporadically into the air before abducting the students.

The number of students abducted could not be ascertained. Mohammed Jalige, police spokesperson in the state, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

According to a Daily Post report, local hunters and indigenous security groups went after the terrorists.

The incident comes amid a rescue operation for  some students of Bethel Baptist school abducted more than two months ago in the state.

HumAngle reports that terror groups known locally as bandits have been wreaking havoc in the state and other parts of Northwest and North-central regions of the country, targeting schools for mass abduction.

More than 1,000 students have been abducted in the country since Dec. 2020, according to HumAngle’s review of news reports.

Some students of Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri in Kebbi State, abducted by the terrorists in July, are yet to gain freedom as of press time.

HumAngle observes that terrorists have turned on kidnapping as a lucrative source of income, a pattern different from the operations of Boko Haram insurgents who first carried out a mass abduction in Chibok, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria in 2014, as a protest against western education.

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Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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