The Zamfara Police Command has confirmed that gunmen on Wednesday, September 1, attacked another school, Government Day Secondary School Kaya, Maradun Local Government Area (LGA), kidnapping 73 students.
SP Muhammed Shehu, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed the incident in a statement in Gusau.
“The Zamfara State Police Command wishes to confirm the abduction of 73 Students of Government Day Secondary school, Kaya, in Maradun LGA.
“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by a large number of armed bandits on Wednesday at exactly 1122 hrs.”
Shehu said that the Zamfara Commissioner of Police, Ayuba Elkanah, has deployed a search and rescue team with a mandate to work in synergy with the military to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students.
According to him, the CP further appealed to the general public; especially parents and relatives of the abducted students, to exercise patience; and continue to pray for the success of the ongoing rescue operation.
He said that security has been beefed up at Kaya community and environs to forestall further attacks.
“Further development will be made known to members of the public,” he promised.
Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has stated that Nigerians expect better outcomes from security agencies; as they get more resources to tackle insecurity in the country.
Lawan spoke on Wednesday, September 1, in Kaduna, when he led a delegation on a condolence visit to the family of Sen. Bala Na’ Allah.
1st News had reported that Na’Allah’s son, Abdulkarim, 36, was killed on Sunday by unknown persons at his residence in Malali GRA, Kaduna.
“We cannot get tired of insisting we get results from our security agencies.
“We will not also get tired of providing resources; and platforms for our security agencies to do better,’’ he said.
Lawan noted that the National Assembly, before proceeding on recess in July; approved over N800 billion for the provision of arms to the security agencies.
“With the recent acquisition of the TA-29 Super Tucano by our Air Force and other platforms; we believe that the government is doing everything possible to enhance the capacity; and capabilities of our armed forces to fight the numerous security challenges that we face; especially banditry here in the North-West.
“Our security agents must sit up; we appreciate what they are doing; but we expect better outcomes now that more resources have been given to them.’’