Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State, has lamented that the Federal Government is not supportive enough in the rescue efforts of 41 persons abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, situated in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Bello made the claim when he received Senator Orji Kalu, the Senate Chief Whip, who was in the state on Thursday to commiserate with him on the abduction
According to the governor, there is no ‘federal presence’ in the state or sustained efforts by the Federal Government to secure the rescue of the 27 students and 14 others abducted from the school.
He said: “At the moment, we do not feel any Federal presence here. The Inspector-General of Police sent us four mobile units but we are to shoulder the financial responsibilities. So, where is the support? There is no support from anyone.
“Yes, we had a delegation (Federal Government delegation) that came to visit and commiserate with us but that was all.
“So, we are left to ourselves.”
Governor Bello stated that despite the lack of support, his administration is doing everything possible to secure the release of the abductees.
“We have already made a commitment that we will bring back the children safely with or without anyone,” Bello added.
In his remarks, Senator Kalu said the Federal Government should have established a command station in Niger State where all the security agencies, including the office of the national security adviser, will be monitoring the situation since the incident.
A total of 41 persons were kidnapped on February 17 after gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked the Kagara-based college,