[By VICTOR NZE]
Kidnapped staff and students of the Government Science College Kagara have regained their freedom from the armed bandits in Niger State, a week after their abduction.
This is also as President Muhammadu Buhari while welcoming the release of the abducted students directed all security and intelligence agencies in the country to hunt down the culprits involved in the abduction of the students and staff of the school.
A top police officer involved in the counter-kidnapping operation in the State confirmed, Saturday morning, that the students abducted last week from their school in Niger State have regained their freedom.
The boarding school students were reportedly abducted by armed bandits who were dressed in military uniforms on February 17, 2021.
A total of 27 students, three staff members and 12 members of their family were abducted after the attack on the Kagara school in the early hours of Wednesday.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, Saturday, welcomed the release of the abducted students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity, commended the nation’s security and intelligence agencies and the government of Niger State for their responses in securing the release.
“We are happy they have been released,” said Buhari, who also greatly sympathized with the staff and the students, their parents and friends on this ordeal.
He, however, warned that the country will not continue to suffer these attacks that threaten the growth of education, the security and life of the future leaders at the same time putting the nation in a negative light.
According to Shehu, the President reiterated his earlier advice to school owners, particularly the state and local governments as well as religious organizations to scale up security around their schools in line with the standards laid down by the UN-backed Safe School Programme of the administration.
Shehu also quoted the President as directing all security and intelligence agencies in the country to hunt down the culprits and bring them to justice.