Some students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara State, who escaped from their abductors on Friday, disclosed that there were women among the bandits that abducted them.
Gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the school and abducted 317 schoolgirls in the early hours of Friday.
One of the students who escaped from their abductors, Madina Hamisu Kawaye, narrated the abduction process.
“One woman in black attire woke me up by banging a gun on my bed and shouting at me. I woke up in fear. I observed that dozens of my colleagues were being sent out of the dormitory.”
“Some of them covered their body with their blankets,” a student said.
Kawaye while narrating the incident said she sneaked under a double bunk as the armed woman went to wake other students from their sleep.
She shared the space under the bed with two other students.
“They were asking for money and phones. One of the women among them asked for the house captain and the matron.”
“I overheard one of the gunmen telling someone on the phone that they had just entered the school and that they had begun gathering the students in large number,” she said.
She said one of the gunmen spoke in Fulfulde, adding that “it was really a terrible moment for us. We could not get out of our hiding point until they vacated the hostels.”
Another student of the school identified as Zainab said she escaped into a toilet when they were gathered near the school’s mosque, about to be taken to the vehicles.
She said, “I sneaked out of the crowd and ran inside the toilet.”
“From where I was hiding inside the toilet, I heard gunshots as their vehicles zoomed off into the forest. We were crying and pleading with them to spare us.”
In another development, the kidnapped students and staff of the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State have been released by their abductors.
It was gathered that the students and staff who have been in captivity for days were released on Saturday morning.