Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has blamed the Federal Government for the abduction of students of Federal Government College, Birnin-Yauri by bandits.
Naija News had reported that the bandits, who rode on motorcycles, stormed the school from neighbouring Rijau forest in the early hours of Thursday.
Speaking with the parents of the kidnapped students on Friday, Bagudu said there was intel on the plan of the bandits to attack the school two weeks ago.
The governor added that instead of the federal government to close the school, a detachment of special Anti-terrorism Task Force was deployed there.
He said when he consulted with the federal authorities on the situation at hand, it was agreed that since the school would be closing in two weeks’ time after the students finished writing their terminal examination, the school should be provided with security for the period.
Bagudu said: “About two weeks ago we heard that there was a bandits movement. Bandits were sighted around here.
“We consulted with federal authorities and told us that the schools have about two weeks to finish their terminal exams.
“At that consultation, we all agreed that if security could be found and stationed in the school that could support the children to finish their exams before going home.
“The police commissioner graciously enough find a big contingent from the special Terrorism Task Force that was stationed in the school before the incident that happened yesterday (Thursday).”
He added that it was that bandits confronted policemen who were providing security to the school and overpowered them and unfortunately, made away with some of our children, some teachers and other employees.