- Security and intelligence agencies have been told by President Buhari to secure the immediate release of 200 students abducted in Niger state
- The president made this known on Tuesday, June 1, as he ordered the agencies to expedite efforts towards the rescue operation of the children
- Niger state police command had confirmed the abduction of school children and residents of Tegina in Rafi local government area
Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari will not sit and watch while kidnappers continue to cause mayhem in different parts of the country.
The Nigerian leader has therefore ordered security and intelligence agencies to expedite efforts towards the recovery of the 200 children kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger state.
Recall that about 200 students of an Islamiyya school located at Tegina in the Rafi local government area of Niger state were abducted on Sunday, May 30. One person was killed while another critically injured during the operation.
This was made known in a series of tweets by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, and sighted by Legit.ng on Monday, May 31.
According to Shehu, President Buhari who received a briefing on the latest incident of school kidnapping described it as unfortunate.
He urged all the agencies involved in the rescue operation to do their best in securing the immediate release of the students.
The Nigerian leader also directed the concerned government agencies to extend possible support to the families of the kidnapped children.
Bandits' attacks in Niger
Meanwhile, some Nigerians had once again lost their lives as a result of bandits' attacks. Specifically, ten persons had been reportedly killed when bandits attacked some villages in Wushishi LGA of Niger state.
The bandits also rustled hundreds of cattle during the attack carried out. Many residents were reportedly forced to flee the affected villages namely Kalakala, Tashan Dirigi, Atari, Agwa, Kwakwagi, Pakara, and Takugi.
The attack was confirmed by Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary to Niger governor.
Armed bandits kidnap passengers
In another development, at least, 50 passengers were kidnapped by bandits on Tuesday, March 2, along the Tegina-Minna road in the Rafi local government area of Niger state.
According to the report, sources in the area revealed that the bandits blocked the road at Kundu town, a few kilometres from Zungeru town when three commercial vehicles were stopped and the passengers and drivers whisked away.
Another group of bandits kidnapped an unspecified number of villagers at Gidigori town in the same local government on the same day.