Students evacuated from Abuja school as bandits strike nearby community

Students at Federal Government College (FCG) Kwali, Abuja have been evacuated from their hostels following an attack on a nearby community.

The parents went to school on Monday morning to evacuate their children from the unity college located in the village of Sheda on the always busy Abuja-Lokoja highway.

Our reporter, who went to the college on Monday morning, saw parents evacuating their children.

A parent, Mrs. Babep Peace, told our reporter that she came from Lagos to evacuate her two children after receiving a call that the college management was ordering the parents to evacuate their quarters.

She said she received the call around 4 p.m. on Sunday, a situation which she said prompted her to board an overnight bus from Lagos to Abuja.

“It was at 4 p.m. on Sunday that one of my daughters called me through her guardians’ phone that the management asked the parents to rush to evacuate their children due to the threat of suspected bandits attacking the college,” she said.

She said it was quite unfortunate that her children’s exams were disrupted, but it was better to get them home safely.

Another parent Mr. Obaniyi Oluwatokpe who spoke to our reporter said he was in Kabba, Kogi State on Sunday evening when he also received a call from the college management .

He said it was the fear he had driven to college that he was told bandits had threatened to attack the school.

An SS II college student, Rebbeca Samuel, who was seen pulling out her bags, told our reporter that bandits attacked the village of Sheda on Saturday evening, a situation that caused panic.

“It was around 12 a.m. Saturday as we were sleeping inside the hostel when we suddenly heard gunshots which caused the school management to ask us to leave the hostel,” she said.

A college official who is a member of the Parents’ Association (PTA) told our reporter that management ordered parents to immediately evacuate their children due to the bandits’ attack on Sheda village. .

“You know that it is a fence that separates the village of Sheda from the school, and the attack by bandits on the village amid sporadic gunfire that Saturday caused panic among the students and management,” he said.

Our reporter’s attempt to gain access to the school was unsuccessful as the security guards at the gate refused him entry. The school administration also could not be reached for comment.

FCT Police Command spokeswoman DSP Adeh Josephine did not respond to a text message sent to her regarding the incident.

There have been mass kidnappings from schools across the country by Boko Haram insurgents and bandits.

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