- Bashir Magashi, the minister of defence, has said the abducted Niger school children would soon be rescued
- Some students from the Government Science College Kagara in the state were kidnapped on Wednesday, February 17
- The governor of the state, Abubakar Sani Bello, had ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in Rafi, Mariga, Munya, and Shiroro local government areas of the state
Following the abduction of some school children in Niger state, the minister of defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, has assured that the students would be rescued.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the screening of service chiefs by the House of Representatives, Magashi said the service chiefs would swing into action immediately they are through with the screening exercise by the lawmakers.
He asked the service chiefs to track down the kidnappers with a view to rescuing the children.
“We have demonstrated our ability to take on the challenge. We have done it in Katsina; when children were kidnapped, within two days, we got them back. Hopefully, this time, we will do the same (thing) to get these captives back. We are planning.
“We have not got feedback on the activities going on in Niger state. But I am that before the end of the day, we will be given a full brief on what is going on in Niger state.”
He insisted that Nigerians have a responsibility to ensure there is adequate security, adding that it is not the responsibility of the military alone but that of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary.
The minister added:
“We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes the bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fire shots everybody will run. In our younger days, we stand to fight any form of aggression."
Magashi, however, said the government will ensure no Nigerian is hurt and will protect the territorial integrity of the country.
The minister also dismissed clamour for Nigerians to be allowed to bear arms to defend themselves, saying it is an issue currently even in the developed country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in Rafi, Mariga, Munya, and Shiroro local government areas of the state.
It was reported that the governor gave the order following the abduction of some students from the Government Science College Kagara.
Bello told journalists on Wednesday, February 17, that the order was a security measure to save the life of the students.
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