The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Mohammed Sani Musa, has condemned the kidnapping of an unspecified number of schoolboys and teachers from the Government Science College in Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
The attack was reportedly carried out by some armed bandits who invaded the students’ hostels in the early hours of Wednesday and whisked some of them way.
The Secretary to Niger State Government, Ibrahim Matane, told BBC that the attack occurred at about 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
Senator Musa, in a series of tweets, lamented that violence against “defenseless children” and the country’s educational institutions had become “a norm”.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure safe return of the abducted students to their families.
Musa said, “As elected officials, it is our job to help save lives, and help people live to their full potential. I call on the FG and security agencies to not only safely return those school children but put a permanent stop to all of these. The people are tired
“However, as people of strong resolve, we must continue to stand together and not allow those who wish to terrorize us and our children to claim victory over us.
“I stand with the affected families and community, as we are working and praying for those children abducted to be returned safely and unharmed.”
The school, with a population of about 600 students, was reportedly attacked by gunmen wearing military uniforms
In reaction to the attack, the Niger State government has ordered the closure of all boarding schools in the state.