- President Muhammadu is unhappy over the abduction of students from the Government Science College in Niger state
- The Nigerian leader has disclosed steps being taken to secure the release of the students
- Buhari expressed his confidence that the Armed Forces can battle terrorism and banditry in the country
President Muhammadu has condemned the abduction of some students from the Government Science College, Kagara, in the Rafi local government area of Niger state.
The president in a statement through a presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, disclosed that he has directed the armed forces and police to ensure the immediate and safe return of all the captives.
The statement partly read:
"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.''
He urged members of the armed forces to do everything necessary to secure the release of the students and prevent a repeat of the attacks on schools in the future.
The presidency said:
"President 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."
Buhari said the families of the victims of the attack remain in the prayers of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Buhari to declare a state of emergency across the country with immediate effect.
The demand was part of the Senate’s resolution on Wednesday, February 17 as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
The resolution was made moments after Senator Sani Musa cited Order 42 and 52 to seek the leave of the Senate to present a motion on the abduction of students and teachers of Government Science School, Kagara, Niger state.
In another report, some Nigerians are voicing out on Twitter over the deteriorating security situation in Niger state.
Recent attacks by bandits in the state have prompted social media activists to trend the hashtag, #SecureNigerState.
The cries over the insecurity in the state began on Tuesday, February 16, after a criminal group released a video showing the travellers they abducted on a highway.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.