The Zamfara State Police Command has disclosed that 317 students were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of the state.
Gunmen had on Friday invaded the secondary school, abducting the schoolgirls.
Abutu Yaro, the police commissioner in the state, confirmed the number of missing students. He said a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to bringing back the girls.
“317 students were abducted as presented to me by the principal.
“It’s an established fact that students were kidnapped. As part of our locational efforts, that’s why you find us in the fringes of the forest here.
“It’s part of our cordoning effort in order to trace the kidnappers and reclaimed the student.
“Youths have to be calm and allow the security forces to do the needful. Unnecessary anger is unhelpful at the stage we are. All of us are angry, all of us are sad, but we have to have a coordinated response in order to save the lives and bring the children back,” he said.
The police boss added that they have information that the girls were moved to a neighbouring forest and they are being cautious in their tracing.
The abduction of the schoolgirls comes a week after 27 students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State were abducted by bandits.