The over 300 schoolgirls abducted by bandits from Government Girls Junior Secondary School Jangebe, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State, have been sighted in Dangulbi Forest.
A school teacher who spoke to Daily Trust Saturday on the condition of anonymity said out of 600 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, only about 50 were left behind.
However, the police in the state said 317 students were kidnapped while the Zamfara State Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Sulaiman Tunau Anka, said the exact number of abducted students was yet to be ascertained.
It was last night gathered that security personnel and officials of the Zamfara State government have established the identity of the girls’ abductors.
“The schoolgirls are being held at Dangulbi Forest in Maru Local Government Area,” an authoritative sources said.
The source, who craved for anonymity because he had no permission to speak on the incident, said the mystery behind the abduction would come to the fore soon.
The forests between Dangulbi and Maru are known enclave of bandits who for years have been terrorising residents of neighbouring villages.
The Zamfara State government said security operatives have launched a manhunt for the criminals. Governor Bello Matawalle has been pushing for a dialogue with bandits for peace to reign while the abduction happened hours after the state government said some repentant bandits had surrendered their arms.