Terrorists have raided Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, abducting eight students and some staff.
Gunfire from the terrorists began around midnight on Thursday, June 11, 2021, according to a staff member who spoke to journalists on Friday morning.
“I was not on campus because with my family, we have parked out since November. But I got a distress call from some of our neighbours who are still living in the campus yesterday night,” the official told Premium Times.
“That was when they told me that there was shooting in the campus, the UPE campus. One can hear the sound from the call. It was so bad.”
According to Aliyu Kofa, the press secretary of the institution’s Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), one student was slain and two polytechnic instructors were seized by the terrorists.
Habila Nasai of the General Studies department and Adamu Shika of the Accounting department were the kidnapped lecturers, according to Kofa.
The wife of another staff member, Ahmed Abdu, and two of his children were kidnapped but were released Friday morning, according to the official.
Kofa said two students were also injured by gunshots from the kidnappers’ irregular shootings.
“One of them, Ahmed, from the department of statistics, died in the hospital from the injuries. While the other is still receiving medical attention at the clinic,” he said.
Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Kaduna State’s Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, confirmed the attack and said security personnel responded.
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