At least one student has been confirmed dead after bandits took the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria in Kaduna State, by storm, kidnapping ten students and staff of the institution.
According to The PUNCH, the assailants whisked away with eight students and two lecturers of the institution during the attack on the school's main campus located along the Zaria, Kaduna Expressway on Thursday around 11pm.
According to an eyewitness, the gunmen attacked the school last night. An unspecified number of students and lecturers have been abducted.
The bandits reportedly raided the staff quarters of the school while shooting indiscriminately at anyone at sight.
Confirming the report, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan on the spot assessment, said two of the students were hit by the bandits' bullet, adding that one of the students identified as Ahmad Muhammad died of gunshot wounds.
Haruna Dunniya, another student hit by a bullet was still receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital in the area, according to Aruwan.
The Commissioner said, "One student confirmed dead, one injured, and several kidnapped as armed bandits attack Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria.
"The Kaduna State Government has been briefed by security agencies of an attack by bandits at the main campus of the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, late on Thursday night.
"According to the briefing, the bandits invaded the staff quarters of the campus, shooting sporadically. In the process, two students were hit and sustained gunshot injuries. They were identified as: Ahmad Muhammad and Haruna Isyaku Duniya.
"They were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Sadly, Ahmad Muhammad succumbed to his wounds and died early this morning. Haruna Isyaku Duniya is still receiving treatment.
"Two lecturers and about eight students were abducted from the institution during the attack."
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai was sad on receiving the briefing on the latest attack on a school in the state.
Meanwhile, as of the time of filing this report, senior government officials and security operatives were interfacing with the management and students of the institution.
The attack was coming barely 24 hours when State Directors of the Department of State Services in the North-West zone converged on the state to brainstorm on the disturbing spate of insecurity in the zone.
At the event, Aruwan had stressed the need for inter-agency collaboration to tackle the current security challenges not only in the state but the entire zone.
He had noted that some of the attacks would have been averted if there was synergy among the security agencies in the fight against banditry and kidnapping and other related crimes ravaging the zone.
The Commissioner, therefore, enjoined the various security agencies – DSS, Police, military, and other paramilitary agencies to work together in order to flush out bandits and other related criminal elements.
Reacting, former Kaduna Central Senator, Shehu Sani, on Friday morning, said "Our schools have become sitting ducks for terrorists and Bandits; Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria, Kaduna State, is attacked and students were reportedly abducted. Zaria hosts a number of military formations. Tragic."