- President Buhari has assured Nigerians that the abducted school children would soon be rescued
- Suspected gunmen had on Friday, February 26, stormed a Government Girls Secondary School, Zamfara and abducted 317 girls
- Buhari, however, advised governors not to reward bandits for their illegal activities
Nigerian governors have been warned to stop the policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles to avoid dire consequences.
Nigeria Tribune reports that the warning was given on Friday, February 26, by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the culture of compensating hoodlums by some state governments may boomerang disastrously.
Legit.ng gathered that the president disclosed this while reacting to the abduction of hundreds of the students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara state, noting that the abduction was inhumane and totally unacceptable.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, in a statement signed, stated that Buhari said no criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government.
He said that the only thing standing between the security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.
The president also advised states and local governments to be more proactive by improving security around schools and their surroundings.
“A hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that suspected gunmen kidnapped some students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara local government area of Zamfara state.
It was reported that the incident happened in the early hours of Friday, February 26.
According to the report, a resident of Kawaye village identified as Sadi Kawaye said that his daughters, Mansura and Sakina were among those abducted.
The report also added that several soldiers sustained injuries, stressing that it was not clear whether some fatalities occurred.
In a related report, Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger state, accused the federal government of not doing enough to secure the release of 42 persons abducted at Government Science College, Kagara.
The governor said he has received “little or no support” from the federal government towards the rescue of the abducted victims.
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