Three primary school pupils abducted at UBE Primary School at Rama village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State have escaped.
One of the teachers of the school revealed that the pupils escaped when the bandits attempted to rustle some cows and motorcycles at a nearby community.
Naomi Francis, a teacher in the school, who escaped abduction, confirmed that the three pupils have regained freedom but said they had been beaten by the bandits before luck came their way.
However, nothing is known of the three teachers earlier abducted.
Narrating how the bandits broke into the school, she said: “They came in after the morning assembly. We had all gone into the classrooms when six of the bandits came on motorcycles while others surrounded the school.
“I had stepped out from my class when I noticed students of primary 5 and 6 running out. I immediately alerted my students to run and they did.”
Also speaking, a resident, Mai Saje Rama, confirmed that the pupils had returned to the community.
“The vigilante that went after them came back without success, they could not locate the bandits,” he said.
He claimed the bandits attacked a nearby village and abducted two persons and also stole cows.
But Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who initially did not respond to calls and a text message sent to his phone, later issued a statement to confirm the abduction.