Niger: Parent of abducted Islamiyya student dies of shock

A mother to one of the students abducted from Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School in Tegina town in Rafi Local Government of Niger State has been confirmed dead.

Reports emerging on Wednesday (today) from the school proprietor, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan, revealed that the woman had fainted when she received the news the abduction days ago.

She was, however, confirmed dead at the hospital a few hours ago.

Recall that no fewer than two hundred Islamiyya (Arabic) school students were kidnapped by heavily armed men in Tegina.

It was also gathered that one person was shot dead while another was critically injured during the attack which happened on Sunday evening, at about 4:30 pm.

Zayyad Mohammed, a resident of the community had told newsmen on a phone conversation that the Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school where the incident took place, was built by a retired Immigration Officer.

Sources noted that the Islamiyya school is not the usual Sangaya boarding Islamic school, but a conventional one where parents send their children on a daily basis for the purpose of acquiring Islamic education.

Subsequently, the State government, led by Abubakar Bello said it had arrested some of the bandits responsible for the abduction of students.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Ahmed Ketso, while speaking on the development on Tuesday said, “some of the bandits are in our custody.”

He further stated that security operatives in the state are on the trail of the rest of the bandits to rescue the children.

Ketso noted that the state government would not pay the ransom but assured that the abducted children would be rescued the same way the Kagara Science College boys were rescued.

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