President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate rescue of all kidnap students in Kaduna and Niger States.
Naija News had reported that bandits kidnapped over100 students from Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday morning.
In a statement on Monday by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari charged the military, police, and intelligence agencies, to intensify efforts for the early release of the students.
He directed security outfits to “act swiftly” to rescue all school boys and girls in the affected states and ensure their safe return while noting ongoing deployment of additional security personnel to all troubled areas.
The President further expressed displeasure over the incidents which has affected mostly Northern states, saying that the rising cases were already threatening to undermine efforts in boosting school enrolments in states that were adjudged educationally backward.
Buhari described the kidnappings as “cowardly and despicable” while condemning it as an assault on affected families and the nation.
He, however, called on state governments to ensure compliance with the UN-supported Safe Schools Programme, which the administration had adopted.