By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
In its first reaction to the rampage by armed bandits at the Government Science Secondary School, Kagara in the early hours of Wednesday, Niger State Government has directed the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the troubled Rafi, Munya and Shiroro council areas which have since become epicenter of the operations of armed bandits.
This is just as reports streamed that the federal government has dispatched fighter aircrafts to Kagara and neighbouring areas to track down the fleeing bandits who abducted yet to be ascertained number of students and staffers of the Science Secondary School on Wednesday.
A report from the state Ministry of Education said the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry has ordered an immediate closure of the schools with boarding facilities in the three council areas to stem the likely occurrence of the attack by the bandits.
Meanwhile the presidency is reported to have ordered the military and police to mobilise to Niger state for the rescue of the students and staffers abducted at the Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.
Our correspondent gathered that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that the victims should be rescued immediately.
“Following the reports he received, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure the immediate and safe return of all the captives” added the report.
“The President has 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”.
The statement assured of the President’s support 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.
While this was going on, reports emanating from Kushaka in Kurebe ward of Shiroro Local Government of Niger state suggested a band of fun wielding men were terrorising communities in an unprovoked attack.
The bandits were said to have arrived at the Kushaka village at about 8:00 am on motorcycles while fully armed with different assault rifles.
They started shooting sporadically at anything on sight while the villagers scampered into hiding.
Since last Sunday, armed bandits have gone haywire in attacks on communities in the three council areas without hindrances.