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Gunmen Kill 4, Abduct 9 In Katsina

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Al Qalam University Katsina and many people in Katsina State are filled with anxiety and suspense as no fewer than nine students of the varsity have been abducted by suspected gunmen at the weekend.

LEADERSHIP gathered that four of the students who were kidnapped some kilometres after Kankara town along Kankara – Dutsinma Road, had been slain by the gunmen said to be demanding N100m ransom for the five still alive.

The spokesman of Al Qalam University, Abubakar Atiku, told LEADERSHIP yesterday that he could neither confirm nor deny the abduction rumour as majority of the Al Qalam’s students who travelled for Christmas and New Year break were yet to return as at last week.

Atiku said the varsity is considering alerting security agencies over the speculation, although the institution is yet to be contacted by any parent of the allegedly kidnapped students.

He assured that the Al Qalam could ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the said tragedy early this week as all its students were expected to resume today.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Isah Gambo, said none of the four police divisions from Kankara to Katsina suburb of Batagarawa where Al Qalam is located received report of any abduction at the weekend contrary to the speculations.

Recall that Governor Aminu Bello Masari of the state cried out last Wednesday that the state was under kidnappers’ and bandits’ siege following their heightened activities in no fewer than eight local government areas, including Kankara, sharing borders with Zamfara State.

 

 


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