Kagara abduction: They're not bandits - Fear grips Niger as senator discloses identity of kidnappers

Kagara abduction: They're not bandits - Fear grips Niger as senator discloses identity of kidnappers

- Senator Sani Musa says terrorists are behind the abduction of the college students in Kagara

- The Niger East lawmaker likened the abduction to that of Dapchi, Chibok and Kankara

- Musa warned that all hands must be on deck as such an incident may also play out in another state

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Hours after the abduction of Kagara students of Government Science College in Niger, one of the state's senators Sani Musa (Niger East) said the abductors were terrorists, not bandits as popularly assumed.

Speaking with Channels TV on Wednesday, February 17, Musa likened the unfortunate abduction to that of Chibok (Borno), Dapchi (Yobe) and Kankara (Katsina).

Legit.ng notes that bandits have embarked on kidnap rampage across the country amid security crises which forced the federal government to change the service chiefs in January.

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Senator Musa Sani said the masterminds behind the Kagara abduction are terrorists. Credit: @MSMusa313
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This publication also confirms that Niger has become a new fortress of different gangs of bandits and kidnappers, with the United States warning that Boko Haram terrorists are now in the state causing mayhem.

On Tuesday, February 16, some suspected terrorists stormed the government college, shot sporadically with one student feared killed and several others including the teachers abducted.

Reacting to the incident, Musa warned that the efforts against the activities of bandits and terrorists must be intensified by the government because nobody knows which schools will be attacked next.

The lawmaker said:

“There is no presence of anybody but the bandits. I don’t call them bandits, I call them terrorists.
“It has happened in Chibok, it has happened in Dapchi, it has happened in Kankara, it has happened in Kagara, we cannot guarantee where next, so, necessary steps have to be taken.”

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Meanwhile, in what shot a dart into the counter-insecurity effort in the country, a number of travellers have been abducted by suspected bandits in Niger state.

The travellers were kidnapped on Sunday, February 14, on a highway, with their abductors reportedly demanding a whopping sum of N500 million for their release.

A video of the travellers begging the government to secure their freedom was released by a group of criminals on Tuesday, February 16.


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