Six pupils, between the ages of seven and eight, in the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary School in Alwaza, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State were kidnapped today, Janaury 20, even as the State Police Command said they have launched a search them.
Alwaza community is less than 30 minutes from Lafia, the state capital.
Report said that three motorcyclists, with two people each, arrived in the community and took away seven children on their way to school.
It was gathered the gunmen dropped one of the children because there was no space to convey him on the motorcycles.
Reacting to the incidence, the spokesperson for the state Police Command, Rahman Nansel, said that a team of policemen, military and local vigilantes were on the trail of the abductors in a bid to rescue the pupils.
Nansel appealed to people in the state to avail the security formations of any information that could help them apprehend the abductors and rescue the children.
Meanwhile, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, visited the school today and sympathized with the community and informed them of the government’s determination to rescue the children.
Friday’s abduction may reignite the fears of kidnapping and abductions by gunmen in schools among Nigerian parents, teachers and school managers.
Since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 school girls on April 14, 2014 at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, abductions of pupils and students have spiked in Nigeria.
Several mass abductions and kidnappings have followed in different parts of the country, especially in the North.
Source: The ICIR.