Gunmen kill student, abduct lecturers in attack on polytechnic in Kaduna

A student was killed in an attack by gunmen on Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna state.

The main campus better known as “UPE” and located along an expressway just at the entrance of Zaria was attacked on Thursday night.

Zaria is about 45 minutes’ drive from Kaduna metropolis.

The Kaduna state government confirmed the attack, promising further update on the development.

Habila Nasai and Adamu Shika, both lecturers, were said to have been abducted. The number of students kidnapped is not yet known.

A source said the gunmen who were in large numbers shot sporadically upon entering the school.

“The bandits invaded our school at about 11pm yesterday (Thursday) and abducted two academic staff and three students. The wife and two children of a staff were also kidnapped but Alhamdullah they were released this morning (Friday),” he said.

“Two students were shot by the kidnappers, one of them, a HND II Statistics student, died this morning (Friday) while the other is receiving medical attention.”

A statement issued by Aliyu Kofa, publicity secretary of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), said the wife of another lecturer, Ahmed Abdu, and two of his children were kidnapped but released on Friday morning.

He did not provide details as to how they were released, adding that two students sustained gunshot wounds.

“One of them, Ahmed, from the department of statistics, died in the hospital from the injuries,” Kofa said in the statement.

“While the other is still receiving medical attention at the clinic.”

The police in Kaduna state are yet to comment on the incident. Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of the command, did not repond to calls or to a text message sent to him.

This development comes after the abduction of students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka and Greenfield University — both in Kaduna.