Five persons have been reported missing after armed bandits stormed Government Girls Secondary School Moriki, Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State on Wednesday.
Reports said the armed men entered the school through the back fence.
The Police Public Relations officer in the state, SP Mohammed Shehu, in a statement on Thursday however denied the abduction.
He said: “On the spur of the moment, a combined team of PMF/CTU/ and Civilian JTF personnel headed by the DPO mobilised to the school who confronted the armed men and stopped them from gaining access to the students hostels, took a retreat back to the bush”.
Mr Mohammed said no student was abducted but that two caterers and three of their children were discovered missing.
“No student was abducted as earlier reported by some media. However, two 2 caterers and three 3 of their children were later discovered missing.
“The police are collaborating with the school authority to establish the whereabouts of the missing persons.
“To this end, a search and rescue operation team has been dispatched to the surrounding bushes for an extensive bush combing. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the school and its environment to forestall further happening.
“The Commissioner of police Zamfara state command uses this medium to call on members of the public to be very vigilant and report any suspicious character to the police for a prompt response”.