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1000 Soldiers, Policemen, others set to rescue abducted students after negotiations with bandits failed

The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has charged security operatives in the state to go all out and rescue the abducted school children that were kidnapped from the Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state.

According to reports, the order came after the negotiation between the Niger State Government and the bandits to free the students without any harm broke down, therefore causing a scare.

It was learnt that a total of about 1000 security operatives are set to carry out the rescue mission. The security personnel were said to be drawn from the Nigeria Army, the Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Police Force, and some Local Hunters.

Speaking to the security operatives in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area on Monday, Sani Bello stressed that the bandits were not being sincere, adding that was why the rescue operation has become necessary and important to him.

He said, “The abductors are not honest, they are not honourable. After agreeing with parents they started shifting goal post and now we are here to take action”.


“Now that we have ruled out payment of ransom, it is time for government to take decisive measures towards ending the bandits activities that is forcefully changing the lives of the people especially in the rural areas.”

He further said, “we have to try our possible best not make them succeed in forcing us to change our normal lives, they started by displacing farmers from their farmlands, next, they moved to burning farms, then moved to kidnappings and forcing us to close our schools, now they have started attacking Islamic schools, only God knows what is next.”

“Most of these Bandits are from outside the country, they are hired to cause problems for us. It is not the habit of the true Fulani to indulge in this kind of act.”

“These bandits are well organized and coordinated. We can not fold our arms anymore but to take decisive and necessary steps to apprehend those involved, both the informants and the bandits”.

The abducted school children, it could be recalled were kidnapped from their school 3 weeks ago, until now, none of the students have been rescued. According to sources, the abducted students are said to be up to 136.

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2 Comments

  1. Discipline is what keeps the organization to seriously performance thus their duty’s, thanks sir

  2. I think if a i may suggest, it is not healthy for our investigative and intelligent sections of security outfit when the media publish things that can jeopardize the success of such. Let’s pronounce the result than the process because the process maybe tampered with. Candid advice

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