- Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has issued a statement following the release of abducted Kagara students
- Buhari once again condemned school abductions in the country
- The federal government has come under criticism due to attacks from bandits in northern Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed delight over the release of the abducted students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger state.
The president’s reaction was contained in a statement on Saturday, February 27, through one of his media aides, Garba Shehu, NTA reported.
‘’We are happy they have been released.
He also commended the security agencies and the of Niger state government for their responses in securing the release of the students.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the abduction of Zamfara school children.
The president said criminals terrorising the country should not think that they are more powerful than the government.
The president disclosed this in a series of tweets on Friday, February 26. According to the president, the country has the capacity to massively deal with the bandits.
He, however, said the country is limited by fear of casualty.
In another report, Buhari has advised Nigerian governors to stop the policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles to avoid dire consequences.
The Tribune reported that the president on Friday, February 26, said the culture of compensating hoodlums by some state governments may boomerang disastrously.
Meanwhile, the Zamfara state police command has confirmed that a total of 317 schoolgirls were taken away by armed bandits in Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe in Jangebe, Zamfara state, Channels TV reports.
Speaking to journalists in the state, the Zamfara state commissioner of police, CP Abutu Yaro said a joint search and rescue operation is already underway with a view to rescuing the students kidnapped by the criminals.
CP Yaro said top security chiefs and other state government officials led a heavily armed re-enforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to have been whisked to.
In a related report, some female students who were abducted by suspected bandits at the Jangebe Government Girls Secondary School in Zamfara state have reportedly escaped from their abductors.
Channels TV reported that seven out of the 317 female students escaped from the bandits while trekking along the forest.
A source from Jangebe told the TV station via a phone call on Friday evening, February 26, that the girls have returned home.
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.
Zamfara abduction: Buhari sends warning message to governors, frowns against rewarding bandits with money