Governor: No contact but from abductors of 333 pupils
THE headache for Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari is find out how to find and convey again dwelling 333 pupils which might be nonetheless lacking after weekend’s abduction of pupils of Authorities Science Secondary Faculty, Kankara.
Earlier than this mass abduction, Katsina, together with different states within the Northwest, has been battling with banditry.
Solely 426 pupils out of the entire inhabitants of 884 within the hostel may very well be accounted for on Saturday.
However Governor Masari advised Minister of Defence Gen. Bashiir Magashi (rtd), who led service chiefs to the state on a mission to rescue the youngsters that 333 pupils had been nonetheless lacking.
Masari stated the abductors, believed to be bandits, had been but to make contact with the state authorities.
He added that no group had claimed responsiblility for the kidnapping.
The police stated they rescued 200 pupils shortly after the incident. About 206 others surfaced earlier than the arrival of the service chiefs.
Masari stated his administration, in collaboration with safety companies, was combing Kankara and neigbouring communities looking for the lacking college students
He added: “The college’s pupil inhabitants is 839 and to date, we’re but to account for 333. We’re nonetheless counting as a result of extra are nonetheless popping out of the forest.
“We’re nonetheless trying to find these lacking as a result of as a authorities, no group or affiliation has contacted us or made any claims until date.’
Magashi promised that the armed forces had resolved to maneuver quick and guarantee speedy rescue of the scholars
The Defence Minister stated: Inside the subsequent few days, we are going to guarantee the scholars are again with out collateral damages to the individuals of Katsina State. All arms are on the deck to make sure that this rescue transfer is given the best precedence it deserves.
“We’ve the methods; we have now the intelligence and the knowledge. We even have particulars of their whereabouts, actions and strategies of operations.
“The duty is straightforward for the armed forces and the police. The one factor is that we want prayers from you in order that there shall be no collateral harm within the occasion of being hostile.
“We guarantee you that every one arms are on deck. However, the conclusion by the armed forces is that these hoodlums must be declared terrorists.”
Members of the delegation included Nationwide Safety Adviser, Gen. Babagana Monguno; Chief of Defence Employees Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Air Employees Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Naval Employees Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Inspector Basic of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
Others are: Director-Basic of the Division of State Companies, Yusuf Magaji-Bichi and Director-Basic, Nationwide Intelligence Company NIA, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai’
Because the delegation was assembly with Masari, a bunch of girls went on a protest, calling for the rescue of the kidnapped pupils.
The ladies protested on the college premises, calling for fast rescue of the pupils.
The protesters, who had been led by a lady who recognized herself as one of many moms of the kidnapped pupils, went round with placards with numerous inscriptions together with: “Authorities should converse out’, ‘We wish our youngsters again’ and ‘We wish safety in Kankara.’
The protest by the ladies triggered a spat between the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) and the state authorities.
Whereas the PDP, in an announcement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan, claimed that safety operatives fired tear gasoline on the ladies, the Masari authorities denied it and reminded the opposition occasion that safety points should not be politicised.
Ologbondiyan, in an announcement, stated: “It’s certainly unhappy that as an alternative of going after terrorists and insurgents, that struck a number of hours after a holidaying President Buhari and his safety equipment took over the state, the state equipment of energy is getting used to inflict additional ache on the helpless victims.
“Such show of insensitivity additional foregrounds the shortage of empathy by the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration and serves as a tragic reminder of the way it additionally blamed the 43 farmers not too long ago slain by terrorists in Borno State, as an alternative of taking steps to apprehend the assailants.”
Ologbodiyan added that the” PDP shares the pains and sorrows of those dad and mom who’ve been below critical torment since President Buhari arrived Katsina for his unnecessary holidays.”
The PDP referred to as on the Presidency to right away apologise to Nigerians and the dad and mom of the kidnapped college students in addition to take steps to make sure disciplinary actions on those that ordered the tear gasoline assault on the dad and mom.”
The Particular Adviser to Masari on Safety Issues, Ahmed Katsina, dismissed the declare by the PDP , saying the present safety challenges going through the state shouldn’t be politicised.
“Safety problem has no color or tradition. It must be dealt with in a non-partisan method,’’ he added.
Additionally on Sunday, the Northern Governors’ Discussion board condemned the assault, however thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for swiftly directing safety chiefs to make sure that the lacking college students had been rescued unharmed.
NGF Chairman and Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong stated the discussion board was “solidly behind safety companies who have been in pursuit of the bandits to make sure that normalcy is restored and the criminals are apprehended.”
Lalong stated his colleagues condemned the incident, which they described as “unlucky”
He stated: “We categorical our solidarity with our colleague, Governor Aminu Masari, the federal government and folks of Katsina State, over the unlucky incident.
“We stand with the authorities as they do all the things doable to answer the state of affairs and make sure that no pupil will get lacking or harmed.
“Lalong additionally urged households of the scholars and the college authorities to be calm and need the injured fast restoration.
The Coalition of Northern Teams (CNG) threatened to mobilise college students and youths to protest, if the kidnapped pupils weren’t rescued on time.
The chairman of the Northwest zone of the CNG, Jamiu Aliyu, stated: “Failure of the federal government to rescue the lacking college students throughout the shortest time period will make our group to mobilise a whole lot of 1000’s on the streets of Katsina State for a steady protest, even when it’s going to price our lives.”
The CNG condemned the “barbaric act” and frowned at the “lack of ability of the federal government to guard these younger, harmless and vibrant college students from this horrible assault.”
The group’s Northwest zonal Jamilu Charanchi, referred to as for elevated army deployment in Katsina State.
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