KADUNA, 15 March 2021 – Gunmen have abducted three primary school teachers in Rama village in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, officials said Monday.
The attack on the school in Rama occurred early Monday as pupils were arriving at the school for the start of the school week
Officials in Kaduna state as well as in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, have told reporters that they believe Monday’s attack was the first-ever targeting a primary school.
The assailants apparently attempted but failed to kidnap primary school pupils along with the teachers.
The few pupils who were arriving at the school as the attack was unfolding took to their heels, frustrating all attempts by the assailants to round up any students.
Two of the pupils who were reported earlier Monday as missing and feared abducted, were later found.
Close to 1,000 secondary school students have been kidnapped, held hostage over several days and then released after the payment of ransoms since last December.
Some 39 mostly female students who were abducted from a college in Kaduna last Thursday remained in captivity on Monday, several days after 180 of their school mates were released.
Parents and government officials fear that the female students may have been sold into sex slavery while the young male students may have been forced to serve as child soldiers or child bandits.
On Monday, the Nigerian government said its forces has started proactively deploying to foil kidnappings.
According to government sources, an attempt to abduct students from a secondary school in the outskirts of Kaduna was foiled by police and soldiers on Monday morning.