Niger gov confirms one dead, abduction of 27 students, 12 staff

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has lamented the spate of insecurity in the state, regretting the abduction of 27 students, 12 members of staff and one shot dead by bandits who invaded Government Science College, Kagara.

Addressing the newsmen at the Council Chambers Government House, Minna after security meeting on Wednesday, the governor said the kidnap of the victims of Government Science College, Kagara, Headquarters of Rafi Local Government Area of the state, happened at about 2:00 am on Wednesday.

Governor Sani Bello gave the name of the student killed as Benjamin S. Doma, saying the entire student population of the school was 650.

He regretted the impunity with which the armed bandits operate in the state in recent times, saying “there is serious tension in the land.

“It seems the number of the bandits is increasing, calling on the federal government to do something urgent to save the situation, otherwise, it will become worse.

“I am concerned because of the impunity, courage, and intensity of the operations,” the Governor remarks.

According to him, the deplorable security situation generally in the country stemmed from the failure of governments at all levels in the past, calling on the federal government to help deal decisively with the situation.

To this end, the state government has decided to close all boarding schools in the area until further notice.

Giving an update on the abduction of NSTA passenger bus passengers on Sunday, Governor Sani Bello informed that about eight people have regained their freedom, remaining about fifteen.

He said the kidnappers have demanded ransom, adding that unfortunately, the government has refused to pay ransom to criminals, as such ransom will be used to procure more sophisticated weapons /ammunition with which to unleash mayhem on the people.

“If you watch their video, you see the weapons they are carrying, stressing that the arms and ammunition were not manufactured in Nigeria, wondering how they got the money to procure such weapons?”

When asked about the deplorable conditions of the victims and the desirability of rescuing them at all costs, governor Sani Bello assured that his government will do something about rescuing them.”


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