Bandits have kidnapped unspecified number of students during an early morning attack on Bethel Secondary School, Kaduna.
The attack on the boarding school reportedly took place around 1am on Monday.
The school is located in Maramara, Chickun Local Government Area on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis.
Kaduna State Police Command could not confirm the number of students abducted, but said a joint security team comprising the Police, Army and others rescued 17 of the abducted students.
The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammed Jalige said: “Yes, I can confirm to you that there was an incident at the school but the joint security team comprising the Police, Army and others have rescued 17 students.
“We cannot say this is the number of students kidnapped for now. As soon as that information is available, we will issue a statement.”
Mr. Daniel Muhuta, one of the security guards at the school said he narrowly escaped the attackers.
“I escaped narrowly myself. They came around 1.00am and started shooting. I was at the back of the school dormitory when I heard the gunshots and decided to hide,” he said.
Four students were said to have escaped from their abductors and ran back to the school.
“The students told us that two soldiers were shot by the bandits, they could not confirm if the soldiers are still alive or not.
“It is difficult to say this is the number of students that were abducted,” a source said.