Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger on Wednesday confirmed the abduction of 27 students, three staff and 12 family members by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
Bello made the confirmation at a news conference shortly after an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies in Minna on Wednesday.
The reports that the gunmen stormed the school on Wednesday at 2 a.m killing one student and kidnapped 27, three staff of the college, and 12 members of families at the school.
The governor directed that all boarding schools in Shiroro, Rafi, and Muyan be closed down with immediate effect until the situation improved.
“I call on all Nigerlites to condemn all forms of criminality in the state,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to deploy all resources to secure the state, while the State Government was doing everything possible to ensure the safe return of the students and staff.
Bello also said that the State Government would not pay ransom to the suspected bandits in order to secure the release of their victims, but that it was ready to support any bandit who was ready to surrender their arms.
“When you negotiate and pay ransom to criminals, they will use the money to purchase more weapons,” he said.
Government Science College, Kagara, has a total of 650 students out of whom 27 were abducted and one, Benjamin Doma, was killed by the hoodlums.