Gunmen raid villages, abduct dozens in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen abducted at least 60 people in northwestern Nigeria after riding motorbikes into five villages and firing sporadically into the air, a police official and several residents said on Saturday. Nigeria is battling an increase in armed robberies and kidnappings for ransom, mainly in northwestern areas, where thinly stretched security forces often fail to stop… Read More Gunmen raid villages, abduct dozens in northwest Nigeria

Bandits release students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Six students and two officials who were kidnapped last month from a school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state were released after relatives paid ransom money, a school official and parent said on Friday. Kidnappings by armed men, commonly referred to in Nigeria as “bandits”, have become endemic in northern Nigeria, disrupting the education of hundreds of… Read More Bandits release students abducted in northwest Nigeria following ransom payment

Gunmen raid school, abduct scores of students in northwest Nigeria

About 150 students are missing after armed men raided a boarding school in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a parent and an administrator said on Monday, and police said they were in hot pursuit alongside military personnel. The attack on the Bethel Baptist High School is the 10th mass school kidnapping since December in northwest Nigeria, which… Read More Gunmen raid school, abduct scores of students in northwest Nigeria

One student found dead as army rescue seven abducted in northwest Nigeria

One student from a group of dozens abducted from a school in northwest Nigeria this week has been found dead, the army said on Friday, adding it had rescued five students and two teachers. Gunmen raided the school in Kebbi state in broad daylight on Thursday in the latest case of mass abductions in the… Read More One student found dead as army rescue seven abducted in northwest Nigeria

Policeman killed, over eighty abducted as gunmen attack school in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and a teacher said. The attack is the third mass kidnapping in three weeks in northwest Nigeria, which have authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments. Usman Aliyu,… Read More Policeman killed, over eighty abducted as gunmen attack school in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen kill scores in northwest Nigeria

Attackers killed 88 people in Nigeria’s Kebbi state on Thursday, spurring its governor to pledge a bigger deployment of security forces on Sunday as insecurity spreads largely unchecked through the country’s northwest. Perpetrators swept through eight villages, killing people and sending residents fleeing, police said, giving a death toll of 88. Details began to emerge… Read More Gunmen kill scores in northwest Nigeria

Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

An armed gang abducted students from an Islamic school in the north-central Nigerian state of Niger on Sunday, police and state government officials said. Armed groups carrying out kidnapping for ransom are blamed for a series of raids on schools and universities in northern Nigeria in recent months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom… Read More Gunmen abduct students at Islamic school in north-central Nigeria

Kidnappers release fourteen university students abducted in northwestern Nigeria

Kidnappers have released the remaining 14 students who had been held captive after being abducted last month from a northern Nigerian university, a senior member of the teaching staff said on Saturday. Armed groups have repeatedly attacked schools and universities in northwest Nigeria in the last few months, abducting more than 700 students for ransom… Read More Kidnappers release fourteen university students abducted in northwestern Nigeria