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Dapchi, Chibok Now Kankara, Where Next?

2014 Chibok abducted girls

Hundreds of girls have been reported missing in Nigeria’s north western Katsina state after gunmen raided their school.

Police report indicate that the gunmen armed with AK-47s, stormed the Government Science secondary school in Kankara district at about 9:40pm local time.

Parents carrying placards with inscriptions… ‘Government must speak out’, ‘We want our children back’, ‘We want security in Kankara

The attack took place in President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, and police and the military were still working to determine how many were kidnapped and missing.

The goverment has said that the military had located the gunment and are being pursued.

In 2018, the Boko Haram armed group kidnapped more than 100 girls in the northeastern Nigerian town of Dapchi. And six years ago, in 2014, the same group abducted more than 270 girls in the town of Chibok.

In a recent development, protest broke out in Katsina State on Sunday over the abduction gunmen suspected to be bandits.

Led by a woman who claimed to be one of the mothers of the abducted students, the protesters demanded the prompt rescue of the students whisked away by the bandits on Friday night.

Carrying placards with various inscriptions, which included ‘Government must speak out’, ‘We want our children back’ and ‘We want security in Kankara’, the protesters went around the school premises and some parts of Kankara town, chanting songs seeking the rescue of the abducted students.

In a similar development, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), on Sunday threatened to mobilise students and youths to go on protest in Katsina State if the abducted students were not rescued on time.