Bloodbath, Abductions in Niger: Buhari Told to Declare State of Emergency on Security


Following the audacious abduction of 21 passengers, including women and children, travelling in the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) by bandits on Sunday in Yakila, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, the invasion on Tuesday of other communities in the same State where at least ten persons, including a village head and his wife were killed and another 24 abducted, followed yet again the killing of a student and abduction of several others including staff and members of their families of Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi LGA of Niger State in the early hours of Wednesday, the Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security.

The Senate passed the resolution after Senator Muhammed Sani Musa (APC, Niger) raised a motion calling the attention of the Senate to the kidnaping at Government Science College, Kagara.

In the same vein, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the service chiefs to ensure all those abducted by the bandits are rescued immediately. In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu Wednesday and obtained by News Medal, “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,’said the President as he condemned as cowardly the attack on innocent school children,” the statement concluded.

Meanwhile, 10 out of the 21 travellers abducted on Sunday have been rescued by the Niger State Government. This was contained in a statement by the state’s commissioner for information & strategy, Mohammed Idris on Tuesday.

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