Masked gunmen snatched NECO final year examinations papers from Government Secondary School Unguwar Sarki, Kaduna on Friday.
Shauntv reported that the gunmen invaded the school popularly known as “black and white” where candidates were waiting to write their examinations and stole the examination papers thinking that they were money.
The incident caused pandemonium as students and teachers scurried to safety in fear that the gunmen were kidnappers.
Zubairu Shan’una, a former councillor in the area, told newsmen that gunmen chased the NECO supervisor in her car after she collected the exam question papers and answer sheets from a bank.
He said the gunmen mistook the contents of the bag for money.
Apparently, they demanded she hand over the bulk of the wrapped papers to them and threatened to shoot her if she refused.
Mubarak Ahmed, a student of the school, said the robbers entered the school and stole the examination papers.
“They only took away the examination papers without touching anyone. They left with it thinking it was money,” he said.
Fa’iza Usman, another final year student, said the gunmen made the staff hand over the bag containing the papers at gunpoint.
“When they left, we started running thinking they were kidnappers,” she said.
Our attempts to speak with school management proved futile as they claimed they were not authorized to speak to the press.
Dr Shehu Makarfi, the state’s commissioner of education, did not return his calls.