President Buhari condemns school abduction as Gov Sani Bello shuts down schools in Niger


President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the abduction of some students at Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, 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 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.

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Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces 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,” said the President as he condemned as cowardly the attack on innocent school children.

Meanwhile, Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in Rafi, Munya, Shiroro, and Mariga Local Government Areas of the State.

Bello took the decision following the abduction of some students of the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, in Niger State.

It was gathered that gunmen stormed the school in military uniform and kidnapped the students on Wednesday morning.

Reports gathered that security agencies have been able to detect the coordinates and nature of the area.

Reacting in a tweet on the official Twitter page of the state Governor, Bello said, ”Flash: The Niger State Government has directed the immediate closure of All Boarding Schools in Rafi, Munya, Shiroro, and Mariga Local Government Areas as a result of the insecurity situation in the areas.”


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