December 2, 2022

“We failed to stop bandits attacking farmers, now they target Islamic schools” – Niger State Governor

Securities ordered to free abducted pupils in Niger

From Mathew Jwantu

Minna, 21:06:2021: The APC led administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state on Monday ordered security agencies to free 136 abducted students of Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, Rafi local government area of Niger state.

“It is time to take decisive measures towards ending banditry,” Bello told a combined security team in Minna.

The Governor who earlier met parents of the kidnapped students assured that government was exploring all avenues to rescue the pupils.

“Though we have ruled out payment of ransom, it is time for government to take decisive measures towards ending the bandits activities that are forcefully changing the lives of the people especially in the rural areas.

“They started by displacing farmers from their farmlands, next, they moved to burning farms, then moved to kidnappings and forcing us to close our schools, now they have started attacking Islamic schools, only God knows what is next,” Bello said.

The Governor disclosed that “most of these Bandits are from outside Nigeria, “hired to cause problems for us”, he said.

“It is not the habit of the true Fulani to indulge in this kind of act. These bandits are well organised and coordinated. We cannot fold our arms anymore but to take decisive and necessary steps to apprehend those involved, both the informants and the bandits”.