- Reactions have continued to trail the abduction of some students of the Government Science College in Niger state
- Top security operatives are making efforts to reunite the students with their loved ones
- States in northwestern Nigeria have been experiencing daring attacks by bandits
Emerging reports indicate that the federal government is already making frantic efforts to rescue the students of the Government Science College, Kagara, who were abducted by bandits.
A presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed that a federal government security delegation has already arrived in Minna, Niger state to coordinate the rescue operation.
Ahmad on Wednesday, February 17, disclosed via Twitter that some officials on the government’s security delegation include: the National Security Adviser (NSA), the inspector general of police, the inspector general of and minister of police affairs among others.
Meanwhile, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in Rafi, Mariga, Munya, and Shiroro local government areas of the state.
The governor gave the order following the abduction of some student from the Government Science College Kagara.
According to The Nation, Bello told journalists on Wednesday, February 17, that order was a security measure to save the life of the students.
The governor also insisted that his government will not pay any ransom to kidnappers to release the abducted students and staff members of Government Science College in Kagara.
In a related report, 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.
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.
Meanwhile, 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.