President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military and the Nigeria Police Force to rescue the students and staff abducted from Kagara Science College, Niger State.
The directive was made known in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, President Buhari has received reports of the attack on the school and has deployed a team of security chiefs to Niger State to coordinate the rescue of the abductees.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of the brazen attack on Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen.
”Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives.
The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College.
”President Buhari 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.”
“Our prayers are with families of the victims of this attack,” the president was quoted to have said as he condemned the attack on the schoolchildren.
The incident comes hours after bandits released a video of more than 20 people abducted from a commercial bus near Zungeru town in Niger State.