Police in Nigeria are searching for gunmen who abducted three girls from a private boarding school in the south-western state of Lagos.
Several armed men entered Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary school in the outskirts of Lagos city on Monday night and abducted the girls – from local media reports it is not clear if they were in their hostel or in a nearby block studying at the time.
The search for the abductors is still on, Lagos police spokesperson Dolapo Badmus told the BBC’s Umar Shehu Elleman.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the abductions and no ransom has been demanded.
More than 200 schoolgirls are still being held by militant Islamist group Boko Haram after they were kidnapped about years ago from the north-eastern town of Chibok.
Kidnappings are fairly common in southern Nigeria, however, in most cases hostages are released unharmed after a ransom has been paid.
The secondary school, linked to the Anglican Church, is one of the best and most expensive in the state and is mostly attended by children of politicians and wealthy individuals, our reporter says.