- The kidnapping of school children in Niger has been condemned by Ahmad Lawan
- According to the Senate president, the incident is callous and a despicable crime that must not be tolerated
- Lawan consequently called on security agencies to swiftly rescue the children
The president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condemned the savage attack on Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi local government area of Niger state.
In a post shared on Twitter on Wednesday, February 17, he described the incident as a callous and despicable crime.
The Senate president consequently urged the security agencies to ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted persons and the arrest of the criminals involved.
"Our security establishment should collaborate across the agencies and with the state government to expeditiously accomplish this task."
The Senate leader called on government at all levels to make efforts towards protecting schools against criminals.
The Senate president sympathised with the families of the abducted persons and the government and people of Niger state over the incident.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that following the abduction, the minister of defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, assured that the students would be rescued.
He said the government would adopt the same strategy it used to rescue the school children earlier kidnapped in Katsina state.
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.
In another report, some Nigerians voiced their displeasure 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.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.