From Mathew Jwantu, Minna
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to ensure the safe release of 27 students of Government Science schools Kagara and 40 passengers abducted in Niger State.
Speaking through the minister of Information, Mr. Lai Muhammed, President Buhari described the abductions as unfortunate.
“A lot of startegy is being put in place. We are working to ensure that the students are returned unharmed.
“We are using the same strategy as we used in the past case but it won’t stop us from apprehending those who committed the act. We have deployed four units of mobile police men to reinforce security in the state.
“We are here today with other four of my colleagues ‘ministers’ to assure people of Niger State and Nigeria in general that General Muhammadu Buhari administration will not leave any stone unturned to ensure safe release of the students and those in captivity,” said the Minister in Minna.
National Security Adviser to the President, Babagana Mongunu, also speaking said no responsible nation would relinquished its sovereignty to criminals.
He lamented that the incidents were becoming frequent, saying government will deploy all energy to ensure the students and other hostages are returned.
“The President is ready to apply whatever it takes to make Nigeria safe and secure. We will apply the non kinetic measures but although we are looking at non kinetic measures does not mean that security won’t carry out their statutory measures. Which is to safeguard the security of Nigerian for as long as this government remains in this office, it will have no choice but to apply every measures to secure the lives of the people,” he said.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu regarded the incidents a “serious concern” assuring of strategies to ensure public safety.
“The same strategy used during the Kakara attack will be employed on this case,” said the IG.
The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello applauded the Presidency for “prompt” to the situation.
He lamented the surge in banditry and kidnapping in the state, calling for support to end the tide.
“I am confident that with the effort so far that we will secure the release of the children and other victims at the shortest possible time.”
The Governor had earlier in a security briefing said the State was overwhelmed by rising bandit attacks.
The bandits according to him stormed the Kagara Government science school at about 2am on Wednesday, and herded away 27 students and three staff, killing a student in the process.