Army unaware of Zamfara schoolgirls abduction: Spokesman

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The Nigerian Army is not aware of the abduction of schoolgirls in Zamfara State early Friday morning, force spokesman says.

Unknown gunmen paid a visit to Government Girls Secondary School in Mafara local government area of the state and abducted schoolgirls in their hundreds.

This has been confirmed by the school authorities and the state government. The Friday abduction comes about nine days after bandits kidnapped 42 persons, including 27 students from Government Science College Kagara, Niger State.

When contacted for reaction, the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Mohammed Yerima, said he is unaware of the development.

“I am not aware; you are just informing me of it,” Mr Yerima replied International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR).

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Kidnapping of school children seems to be the new normal largely in Northern Nigeria, a development Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, said also occurs even in advanced countries.

“Even in the most developed countries in the world, school kidnappings take place,” Mr. Mohammed said in an interview on Channels Television earlier in the week.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to deal with terrorists decisively or step down from office.

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