Gunmen Kill University Staff Member, Abduct Students in Nigeria

Gunmen killed one staff member and abducted a number of students at the private Greenfield University in the Nigerian northern Kaduna state, officials said on April 21.

Kaduna’s Internal Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that the ministry received distress calls of an attack on the Greenfield University on the evening of April 20.

Eyewitnesses said that the armed men stormed the university and randomly opened fire before kidnapping some students.

“After search-and-rescue operations, a staff member of the university, Paul Ude Okafor, was confirmed to have been killed by the armed bandits, while a number of students were kidnapped,” Aruwan said.

It is not yet known how many students were abducted.

Aruwan said the number is “still being sought from the institution’s records.”

Two officials told AFP News that at least 20 students were missing, but it was unclear how many of them were kidnapped and how many may have fled from the attack.

“Troops and other security operatives are working in the general area, and the public will be informed of further developments,” Aruwan said.

Aruwan also said that the remaining students whom security operatives took custody have been  handed over to the university.

According to locals, the university does not have enough security, which they believe made the attack easier for the bandits to carry out.

The attack at the Greenfield University becomes the fifth kidnapping assault in a Nigerian educational institution since December.

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