…”We won’t pay ransom to kidnappers”, says Niger Gov.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Armed Forces and the Nigeria Police to ensure the immediate and safe return of the kidnapped students of Government Science College, (GCK), Kagara, Niger State.
Buhari, who described the attack as “brazen”, has also despatched security chiefs from the seat of power in Abuja to the school in Rafi local government area of the State.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President “directed” the Armed Forces and Police to ensure the immediate and safe return of all the captives.
Shehu said the President has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces in their brave struggle against terrorism and banditry, and urged them to do all that can be done to bring an end to this saga and avoid such cowardly attacks on schools in the future.
As at press time, the number of staff and students taken away by the gunmen in military uniform was yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the bandit ravaged areas of the State.
The governor said the action is necessary to save the lives of the students as the areas have already been taken over by bandits.
He said this after a brief meeting with heads of security agencies in the State at the Government House, Minna, today.
The governor disclosed that his administration will not pay any ransom money to the kidnappers of school boys.
Bello also cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to deploy all necessary mechanisms to help in containing the situation as it is now out of hand.