Several students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State, have been kidnapped by gunmen during an attack on the school.
The incident happened on Friday night hours after President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Katsina, his home state, for a week long, private visit.
The principal of the school, Usman Abubakar confirmed the incident to newsmen that the gunmen arrived at the school at around 10.15 pm Friday night and operated for about 1 hour.
According to Abubakar, the gunmen in their numbers burgled the school gate and shot one of the policemen on duty on his leg who is presently receiving treatment in one of the hospitals.
"The other policeman who was also on duty escaped before the bandits gained complete access to the school" he said.
He further added that the gunmen later proceeded to the staff quarters where they abducted the wife of one of the workers but later released her while they went away with their child.
According to the principal, the situation was however brought under control when soldiers of the Nigerian Army stationed in Kankara came and engaged the gunmen in a gun duel, forcing them to abort their operations and flee to the nearby bush with the abducted victims.
Abubakar further stated that the school management is presently conducting a headcount among the students to ascertain the exact number that was abducted during the attack.
The spokesman of the Katsina police, SP Gambo Isah said he was yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer of the area.
Kankara is one of the 8 frontline local government areas affected by the activities of bandits. This incident is however the first time bandits are abducting students from a school in Katsina State since banditry started sometime last year.