Buhari Deploys Security Chiefs To Niger Over Kagara Abduction
President Muhammadu Buhari has deployed security chiefs in Niger state over the abduction of schoolchildren and staff from Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi local government area of the state.
Gunmen stormed the school in the early hours of Wednesday morning, kidnapping some students and staff members.
Reacting to the incident in a statement, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the president has received reports of the brazen attack on the school “following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen”.
Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure 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.
Shehu quoted President Buhari as saying;;
President Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Force in their brave struggle against terrorism and banditry and urged them to do all that can be done to bring an end to this saga, and avoid such cowardly attacks on schools in the future.
Our prayers are with families of the victims of this attack.
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has ordered the closure of all boarding schools in certain local government areas in the state.
The Governor said the action is necessary to save the life of the students as the areas have already been taking over by bandits.
The affected LGAs are Rafi, Munya, Mariga and Shiroro.
He said this after a brief meeting with heads of security agencies in the state at the Government House, Minna on Wednesday.