All the 100 students in Engravers College Kakau Daji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna would have been abducted on Thursday morning, the Vice Principal of Engravers College, Shunom Giwa, has revealed.
Six female students and two staff were whisked away by the kidnappers during an attack on the College’s hostel.
Giwa said his alarm saved the day as the gunmen, numbering five, eventually went away with six female students, their house mistress and Vice Principal Academics.
Giwa also claimed the kidnappers shot at him but he was lucky to escape their bullets.
Narrating the incident, he said: “It was around 12:10am. We heard noise, then I woke my wife and children. I asked them to go and hide inside the bedroom.
“I opened the door and saw five young men with arms. Then, they asked me to lie down I did.
‘’Then, they asked me to give them what I had in my pocket. I gave them all I had.
‘’They then attempted to enter my bedroom and fully aware that my wife and children were inside, then I stood up to distract them but they asked me to lie down again, I did.
“All of sudden, they brought out my colleague, the Vice Principal Academy. They also asked him to lie on the floor.
“So, when I discovered that, their attention was on my colleague, I just ran into the bush here, then they shot at me but fortunately, they didn’t get me.
‘’They thought I was inside that class. They searched for me without success.
“When they couldn’t get me, they then started looking for where the students were.
“They now came to this hostel, forced the door open. Then, I started thinking what can I do to distract them?
“Then, I started shouting, police, JTF, security come, there are kidnappers here.
“Then, they started shooting towards my direction again. I then, ran and jumped the fence out of the school.
“I was behind the fence until I heard dogs barking in the bush. Then, I knew they must be the ones leaving.
“So, I heard my colleague, the matron calling the name of the Senior Prefect. I called his name he answered, then, I came out. All the girls had moved to the Matron’s House.
“So, we started doing head count to know who and who were taken. Then, we realised the Vice Principal Academics, Mr. Joel Adamu, the House Mistress, and six female students were abducted.
“Presently, we have about 100 students but the population kept dropping due to the security challenges.
“The kidnappers have contacted us, we are already on it. By God’s grace, they will all be released today.
“It was because I kept shouting ‘kidnappers, kidnappers’ that made them to want to leave the school in a hurry, otherwise they would have had field day and gone with all the girls.”