Buhari Sends Military, Police After Kagara School Abductors
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The military and the police have been given a marching order to go after the bandits who kidnapped some secondary school students in Niger State on Tuesday night.
News went viral on Wednesday morning that gunmen raided the Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State and went away with more than 20 people.
It was the second school abduction happening in less than three months.
Worried by this dangerous trend, the President, Mr Muhammadu Buhari, said efforts must be made to stop it, charging the armed forces to do everything within their powers to rescue the students.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the military and the police were told to work together to rescue the victims.
Mr Buhari also condemned the attack, describing it as “brazen” and “cowardly” and stressed that things would be put in place “to bring an end to this saga, and avoid such cowardly attacks on schools in the future.”
According to Mr Shehu, “the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure the immediate and safe return of all the captives.
“The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College.”
While offering prayers to the victims of the abduction, the President “has assured of the support of his administration to the armed forces in their brave struggle against terrorism and banditry.”
This Kagara school abduction comes some days after President Buhari changed the service chiefs. The former chiefs were replaced as a result of growing insecurity in the country. It was believed that with a change in guard, security would be better in the country.