Gunmen suspected to be bandits on Thursday night raided the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing one student and kidnapped three others and lecturers.
Several students were also injured during the attack, which reportedly took place about 11pm and are receiving treatment.
Although there are conflicting reports about the incident, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed Friday morning.
He said: “Kaduna State Government has been briefed by security agencies of an attack by armed bandits at the main campus of the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, late on Thursday night.
“According to the briefing, the bandits invaded the staff quarters of the campus, shooting sporadically.
“In the process, two students were hit and sustained gunshot injuries. They were identified as: Ahmad Muhammad and Haruna Isyaku Duniya
“They were rushed to the hospital for medical attention. Sadly, Ahmad Muhammad succumbed to his wounds and died early this morning. Haruna Isyaku Duniya is still receiving treatment.
“Two lecturers and about eight students were abducted from the institution during the attack.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the briefing with sadness and prayed for the repose of the soul of the student killed, while sending condolences to his family. He wished the injured student a speedy recovery.
“As at the time of this update, senior government officials and security agencies are conducting security assessments and interfacing with the management and students of the institution. The public will be updated on further developments.”
Spokesman for the institution , Malam Abdullahi Shehu, confirmed the incident but said that the school was yet to ascertain the exact number of victims.
The Kaduna State Police Publicc Relations Office, Mohammed Jalige, also confirmed the incident, adding, however, that he did not have full details of the attack.