The Nigerian government has said that the abductors of pupils of Government Science Secondary School, K took the boys away on motorcycles.
Acccording to the statement, the abductors came to the school premises on Friday night, killed one of the two policemen at the entrance and wounded the second one.
Coordinator of Media Defence Operations Maj.-Gen. John Enenche disclosed this during a programme a Channels television.
He said: “They were moved on the motorcycles they (gunmen) brought and after a short distance, some of them continued with their motorcycles, others dismounted. As they dismounted, one of the boys escaped. Others had to trek long distances. Of course, that is their usual characteristics. It is the same system; the same approach they used. There was no evidence, no information about them using other modes of transport.”
He added that the gunmen arrived at the school about 10:45pm.
Gen Enenche said: “They stormed the school on their motorcycle around 10:45pm; there were two policemen at the beat; one was shot dead, then the other one was injured
“They went to the dormitories and staff quarters, shooting sporadically into the air. Their aim was to abduct the pupils and other people. We got the information and got there about 11:30pm.”
The soldiers, he said, would have stopped the gunmen from taking the pupils away but the abductors used the pupils as human shield.
“They were using the pupils as human shield and we do not want casualties among the pupils. The main issue is that none of the pupils was killed in the process,” the Defence spokesman said.
“The principal reported that he had 839 in the boarding house as at the time they were abducted, shortly after that, some came back and it was about five hundred plus that did not return. As at 2pm yesterday (Sunday), the pupils that could not be accounted for reduced to 333. As I speak with you, the figure we have is 333 out of which one escaped as at this afternoon (yesterday)… there is hope and the hope is being placed on the fact that we need them out alive,” he said.