Kankara Boys Kidnapper, Notorious Bandit Leader Daudawa, Killed

A file photo of notorious bandit leader, Auwalun Daudawa (C).
A file photo of notorious bandit leader, Auwalun Daudawa (C).

 

Notorious bandit leader Auwalun Daudawa, who led the abduction of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina state, has been killed, government sources confirmed to Channels Television on Friday.

Daudawa had laid down his arms and accepted Governor Bello Matawalle’s peace initiative on February 8.

But a few days ago, it was reported that Daudawa had returned to the forest to continue his banditry.

Confirming his killing to Channels Television via a telephone conversation, the Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs in Zamfara State, Abubakar Dauran said Daudawa left Gusau two days ago.

He had reportedly told some people that he was going to attend one of his relatives’ wedding.

However, he rustled over 100 cows and killed the herdsman in charge, the Commissioner said.

In retaliation, some people around the area organised and killed him too.

Daudawa had surrendered 20 AK-47 rifles, 20 Magazines, one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) and several ammunitions to the Zamfara State government on the day he repented with five of his comrades.

Katsina Govt Orders Reopening Of Six Boarding Schools

File photo of the main entrance of Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State.

 

Katsina State Government has directed the re-opening of six boarding schools from Sunday, March 28, 2021, for the continuation of the 2020/2021 academic session.

The boarding schools include Government Unity Secondary School, Malumfashi; Sir Usman Nagogo College of Arabic and Islamic Studies (SUNCAIS); Katsina Government Girls Secondary School; Dutsin Safe Katsina Government Girls Arabic Secondary School Dutsinma; Government School for the deaf, Malumfashi and Government School for the blind, Katsina State.

The state government also directed the reopening of all the female boarding secondary schools in their location or at nearby schools from Wednesday, March 24.

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In a press release signed by the State Commissioner of Education, Badamasi Charanchi the Ministry stressed that COVID-19 protocols must strictly be adhered to by students, staff, and visitors.

The Katsina State Government had earlier on February 28 also directed the reopening of four boarding schools in the state with effect from Tuesday, March, 2nd 2021.

The directive was issued barely one month after day schools in the state resumed academic activities sequel to an indefinite vacation following the abduction of 344 students of Government Science Secondary school, Kankara by bandits on December 11, 2020.

The Commissioner while making the announcement clarified that boarding students in the four command schools in the state are to resume fully. They include Government Secondary Command School, Faskari; Government Secondary Command school, Musawa; Government Girls Command school, Barkiya, and Police Secondary School, Mani.

According to the Commissioner, male students in the remaining boarding schools should report at any nearest secondary school to their places of abode to continue their studies while their female counterparts should await further instruction from the government.

The Commissioner further revealed that Katsina State had about 38 boarding schools.

Repentant Bandits Played A Role In Securing Release Of Kankara Boys – Garba Shehu

 

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu has explained how repentant bandits played a role in securing the release of over 300 schoolboys abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.

Shehu who disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said although no ransom was paid, there were negotiations with the abductors.

“All of the leading actors involved in the release of the children said no ransom was paid.

“The governor of Zamfara State, who had a policy of engagement with the bandits leading to the surrender and renouncement of bandits, used repentant bandits to gain access to those that were in the forest and they had them (schoolboys) released. All the leading actors in Zamfara and Katsina state said no ransom was paid,” he said.

The presidential spokesperson added that the rescue operation involved joint efforts of security agencies including the Nigerian Army, police among others who all acted promptly.

He revealed that there were negotiations with the abductors after the troops of the Nigerian Army encircled the Zamfara forest where the hostages were held.

“The security services, the Army, police, intelligence agencies showed good judgement and capacity by promptly responding to the kidnap of those students and then locating exactly where they were being held.

“Having done that, they quickly mobilised and surrounded the entire place to ensure that they do not go out and they do not come in. So, whatever followed after that is to reap from the gain which has been done.

“The military identified where they were less than 24 hours after the kidnap and waited for the process of the negotiation and at the end of it, everyone is happy that it ended the way it did,” he said.

 

-Missing Schoolboys Found-

Over 300 students were abducted on Friday, December 11 after gunmen on motorcycles invaded Government Science School students in Kankara, Katsina State.

The abduction of the students sparked an outrage with calls from various individuals and groups on the government to step up efforts towards securing the lives of the people.

It occurred at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari had travelled to Daura, his hometown in Katsina for a private visit.

The boys were eventually released and received by the Katsina State government after seven days in captivity.

Only A Heartless Person Will Subject Young People To Staged Kidnap – Garba Shehu

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has reacted to claims that the kidnap and release of Government Science School students in Kankara, Katsina State was staged.

Speaking on Tuesday in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Shehu said only a heartless person will stage the kidnap of innocent children.

He added that from the accounts of the released boys, they were subjected to inhumane treatment while in the bush and no one should say such an incident was staged.

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“It is just being ridiculous. How can anybody do this? Then people must be heartless if they should do this and subject these young people to that.

“You heard the accounts. These young people were kept in the forest. They were fed once on raw potatoes and drips of water for seven days.

“See the suffering they were subject to. I don’t think any decent human being will subject innocent young people to this kind of thing. Nobody should say this please,” he said.

He also debunked claims that ransom was paid to secure the release of the schoolboy revealing that they were released based on the joint effort of Katsina and the Zamfara State government who used repentant bandits.

“All of the leading actors involved in the release of the children said no ransom was paid. The governor of Zamfara State, who had a policy of engagement with the bandits leading to the surrender and renouncement of bandits, used repentant bandits to gain access to those that were in the forest and they had them (schoolboys) released.

“They used repentant bandits to gain access to the bandits in the forest and they had the children released.

“So, to the best of our knowledge, no ransom was paid.”

 

-Missing Schoolboys Found-

Over 300 students were abducted on Friday, December 11 after gunmen on motorcycles invaded Government Science School students in Kankara, Katsina State.

The abduction of the students sparked an outrage with calls from various individuals and groups on the government to step up efforts towards securing the lives of the people.

It occurred at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari had travelled to Daura, his hometown in Katsina for a private visit.

The boys were eventually released and received by the Katsina State government after seven days in captivity.

CORRECTION: The EU Did Not Commend Buhari For ‘Swiftness’ In Release Of Kankara Students

President Muhammadu Buhari gestures at a meeting with the Kankara students on December 18, 2020, following their release by their captors.


CORRECTION (FACT-CHECK): 

A fact-check by the international news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has revealed that a purported commendation to the government of Nigeria on the release of the Kankara schoolboys did not come from the European Union but from a self-styled organization known as European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) which has no relationship with the global body.

The European Union says the EUHRF is a ‘discredited’ NGO that does not exist in the EU family.

Meanwhile, the only known acknowledgment of the release of the boys to have come from a multinational global organization was from His Excellency Mr. Edward Kallon the UN Chief Representative in Nigeria on December 18, 2020, where he tweeted:

‘So delighted to receive the news of the return of the abducted Kankara schoolboys. Congratulations to the Gov’t of Nigeria for securing their release. I rejoice with the community and concerned families& call on the authorities to make schools safe for teaching and learning.”


 

The European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) has commended President Mohammadu Buhari over what it describes as the swiftness deployed in the safe return of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the Special Rapporteur, Lake Chad/West Africa, Joseph Cullen, the EU said the release is a deserving relief to see that everything ended without bloodshed.

“We commend President Buhari for the swiftness and efficiency with which the lads were rescued from their abductors. Such swiftness would have made all the difference had such occurred in 2015 when schoolgirls were similarly abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno State,” the statement partly said.

“It is commendable that critical time was not lost in returning the schoolboys back to their families.  The abduction had sent shockwaves across the entire international community because of the similarities it shared with the kidnap of the schoolgirls in a secondary school in a town of Chibok in Borno State of Nigeria which took place on the night of Monday, the 14th day of April 2014 under the previous administration.

“EUHRF commends President Muhammadu Buhari and the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for this cheery outcome even as it is now apparent that measures must be implemented to ensure such actions do not occur in the first place.

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“This will ensure that the priority that President Buhari gives to matters pertaining to women and children continues to remain in place since these are vulnerable people that must be given extra protection in view of the complex security situations that Nigeria is having to deal with owing to an unhealthy mix of internal, external, state and non-state factors that Nigeria is contending with.”

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EU Commends President Buhari on the release of abducted students

The European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the release and safe return of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

The European Union in a statement by Joseph  Cullen, Special Rapporteur, Lake Chad, West Africa, said the release of the students is a deserving relief to see that everything ended without bloodshed.

According to Cullen, measures must be put in place to ensure that such actions do not repeat itself again.

”The abduction had sent shockwaves across the entire international community because of the similarities it shared with the kidnap of the schoolgirls in a secondary school in a town of Chibok in Borno State of Nigeria which took place on the night of Monday, the 14th day of April 2014 under the previous administration.

”EUHRF commends President Muhammadu Buhari and the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for this cheery outcome even as it is now apparent that measures must be implemented to ensure such actions do not occur in the first place. This will ensure that the priority that President Buhari gives to matters pertaining to women and children continues to remain in place since these are vulnerable people that must be given extra protection in view of the complex security situations that Nigeria is having to deal with owing to an unhealthy mix of internal, external, state and non-state factors that Nigeria is contending with.

”We commend President Buhari for the swiftness and efficiency with which the lads were rescued from their abductors. Such swiftness would have made all the difference had such occurred in 2015 when schoolgirls were similarly abducted from their school in Chibok, Borno state. It is commendable that critical time was not lost in returning the schoolboys back to their families.

”EUHRF’s one major concern from the entire incidence is the tenacity with which some key players wanted to chalk up the abduction as a credit to Boko Haram, which had criminally claimed credit for the development that it knows nothing about. This goes to confirm the concerns that some indigenous groups had expressed in the past that there is much political coloration to the security breaches in Nigeria”, the organisation said in a statement.

Cullen said the EUHRF is committed to lending support in any way possible for the government to deal with terrorist propaganda that encourages those with criminal intentions to commit this kind of act.

The organisation expressed shock that as a result Nigeria was able to achieve in dealing with the situation before external support could be factored in.

EUHRF further commended other stakeholders in Nigeria who made the feat possible.

”The outcome could not have been possible without President Buhari providing the needed leadership but the collaborative inputs of the other layers of the government are remarkable. We, therefore, commend the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, and the Nigerian Army for their valiant and cooperative efforts towards ensuring the release of the schoolboys.

”It is imperative that Nigeria now gets similar support from governments of the world in order to deal with a problem that has manifested its spread across national boundaries.  The evil menace of insurgency that the abductions were meant to feed must be urgently addressed by stakeholder-nations so that those who plot to gain from this kind of criminal enterprise would know that they have no future.”

President Buhari Meets With Freed Kankara Schoolboys

In this picture taken on December 18, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the abducted students in Kankara following their release by their captors.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with the released students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, in Katsina State.

This comes about an hour after the Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, made the announcement in a tweet.

The President who received the boys in company with the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and some top Federal and state government officials, addressed them in Hausa language.

He thanked all those involved in the release of the students, especially the Federal and State governments, as well as the military.

In his remarks, Governor Masari highlighted the efforts made which led to the release of the schoolboys, saying security should be the responsibility of all and not just of the government.

President Buhari met with the boys a day after they were released by their captors who abducted them from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara.

 

 

On Thursday evening, Channels Television reported that hundreds of the students had been released, and kept safe in Tsafe, a local government area in Zamfara State before they were brought back to Katsina State.

President Muhammadu Buhari gestures at a meeting with the Kankara students on December 18, 2020, following their release by their captors.

 

The total number of students brought back to Katsina was 344, Governor Masari confirmed.

Boko Haram terrorist group, which has carried out a series of attacks in the North East for more than a decade had claimed responsibility for the abduction.

Following the release of the students, the President’s aide insisted that the group has no connection with the abduction of the schoolboys.

Ahmad tweeted,

Masari Receives Abducted Schoolboys, Assures Them Of Proper Care

 

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has received the Kankara abducted schoolboys.

He received them at the State House on Friday morning, where he assured them that they will be properly taken care of before being handed to their parents.

The governor also assured them that they will each go through proper medical checks while adding that their education will also be taken care of.

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“It’s been 7 days since this happened, but by God’s grace we’ve been able to retrieve the children from the bandits. All 344 of them,” Governor Masari said.

“Immediately we leave here, we will take them to them to where they will have a bath and change thier clothes. And then reunite then with their parents.

“The hospital staff are waiting for you to check every boy to make sure nothing is wrong and if there’s anything there strong they will tell the hospital personnel”.

The abduction occurred on the same day that President Muhammadu Buhari had travelled to Daura, his hometown in Katsina for a private visit.

The President had condemned the incident in a statement shortly after it happened and sent a delegation of the Federal Government comprising the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, and the service chiefs to Katsina to work with the state government in securing the release of the schoolboys.

In spite of his action, he came under fire for not visiting the community to see things for himself and to sympathise with the parents of the missing students.

He has, however, commended the governor for the efforts in securing their release.

According to him, law enforcement agencies, the military especially the Army, and the governor worked extremely hard.

When asked when other Nigerians who are in captivity will be released, said his administration is trying his best to equally secure their release.

‘The Armed Forces Know Their Job’: Buhari Welcomes Release Of Kidnapped Kankara Students

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday celebrated the release of abducted students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.

According to a statement signed by spokesman Garba Shehu, the President described their safe return as a big relief to their families, the entire country and to the international community.

President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the government of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release and commended the nation’s intelligence agencies, the military and police force for providing the environment for the safe release of the hostages.”

Buhari added: “The Governor (Masari) and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information I congratulated them. The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated.”

On the issue of detainees held elsewhere in the country by either terrorists or bandits, the President gave assurances that his administration is acutely aware of its responsibility to protect the life and property of the Nigerians. He urged the citizens to be fair to the administration as it deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption which the administration was elected to resolve.

“When we came, we made efforts that yielded the return of the Chibok Girls,” he said. “When a similar incident of school abduction happened at Dapchi, we successfully returned all but one of the more than one hundred abductees. When this latest incident happened, we put in our efforts and today we have this result to show.”

The President pointed to the successes of the administration in dealing with security in the South-South and the North East. He said the North West now presented a problem which his administration is determined to deal with.

“We have a lot of work to do, especially now that we have reopened the borders. It is unfortunate that the bandits and terrorists continued to get weapons even under the circumstances of the border closure. We are going to dare them. We will deal with all that,” the President further assured.

He prayed for the full recovery of the students who he said had endured significant hardships in the course of their six-day ordeal.

He also gave further assurances of the determination of his administration to return to safety all fellow citizens held against their will.

Read the full statement of the President’s reaction to the release of the boys below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI WELCOMES THE RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED KANKARA STUDENTS

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release of kidnapped students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, describing their safe return as a big relief to their families, the entire country and to the international community.

In a short remark shortly after their release was announced, President Buhari expressed the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all involved to make their release possible.

President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the government of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release and commended the nation’s intelligence agencies, the military and police force for providing the environment for the safe release of the hostages.”

“The Governor (Masari) and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information I congratulated them. The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated.”

On the issue of detainees held elsewhere in the country by either terrorists or bandits, the President gave assurances that his administration is acutely aware of its responsibility to protect the life and property of the Nigerians.

He urged the citizens to be fair to the administration as it deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption which the administration was elected to resolve.

“When we came, we made efforts that yielded the return of the Chibok Girls. When a similar incident of school abduction happened at Dapchi, we successfully returned all but one of the more than one hundred abductees. When this latest incident happened, we put in our efforts and today we have this result to show.”

The President pointed to the successes of the administration in dealing with security in the South-South and the North East. He said the North West now presented a problem which his administration is determined to deal with.

“We have a lot of work to do, especially now that we have reopened the borders. It is unfortunate that the bandits and terrorists continued to get weapons even under the circumstances of the border closure. We are going to dare them. We will deal with all that,” the President further assured.

He prayed for the full recovery of the students who he said had endured significant hardships in the course of their six-day ordeal.

He also gave further assurances of the determination of his administration to return to safety all fellow citizens held against their will.

Garba Shehu.

Hundreds Of Schoolboys Abducted In Katsina Released

A combination of photos showing the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State after they were released by their captors on December 17, 2020.

 

Hundreds of students abducted from a school in Kankara Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State have been released, authorities in the state have said.

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, confirmed the release of the students on Thursday, a week after they were kidnapped by gunmen.

According to him, the boys are presently kept safe in Tsafe, a local government area in Zamfara State.

Governor Masari noted that the boys would be brought back to Kankara in Katsina State on Friday.

Mr Suleiman Tsiga, who is the Information Officer of Ƙanƙara LGA, also confirmed the release of the students to Channels Television.

He disclosed that the state governor, Aminu Masari, had directed that the children be moved to Ƙankara LGA secretariat before he changed his decision for security reasons.

 

The Armed Forces Know Their Job

Although the government did not give a specific figure of students released by their captors, over 300 of them were unaccounted for before the news of their freedom broke.

Shortly after their release was reported, President Muhammadu Buhari described the safe return of the schoolboys as a big relief to their families, the entire country and to the international community.

He commended what he called the spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the governments of Katsina, Zamfara and military which led to the release of the students.

A screenshot taken on December 14, 2020, shows a classroom block at the Government Science Secondary School, Ƙankara, Katsina State.

 

“The Governor (Masari) and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information, I congratulated them.

“The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu.

Katsina State is located in the north-west region of the country, but the Boko Haram terrorist group which has been operating in the North East for more than a decade claimed responsibility for the abduction.

On Friday last week, gunmen suspected to be bandits invaded the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara.

While some of the students abducted escaped during the incident, some others returned recently as the grieving parents keep watch at the school in anticipation of their children’s release.

 

Few Hours Turn Four Days

The abduction of the students sparked an outrage with calls from various individuals and groups on the government to step up efforts towards securing the lives of the people.

It occurred at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari had travelled to Daura, his hometown in Katsina for a private visit.

The President had condemned the incident in a statement shortly after it happened and sent a delegation of the Federal Government comprising the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, and the service chiefs to Katsina to work with the state government in securing the release of the schoolboys.

VIDEOThe Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, says all the schoolboys will return home in the next few hours.

In spite of his action, President Buhari was under fire for not visiting Kankara to sympathise with the parents of the students.

Receiving the delegation at the Government House on Sunday, Governor Masari confirmed that at least 333 students were still unaccounted for.

Magashi, on his part, had assured the governor that the security agencies had swung into action and promised that the boys would be rescued “in some few hours”.

It, however, took four days since the minister made the remarks before the students were released.

Their parents can now heave a sigh of relief when their children return to them, but it is unclear if their captors released all the students.

Read the full statement of the President’s reaction to the release of the boys below:

PRESIDENT BUHARI WELCOMES THE RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED KANKARA STUDENTS

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the release of kidnapped students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, describing their safe return as a big relief to their families, the entire country and to the international community.

In a short remark shortly after their release was announced, President Buhari expressed the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all involved to make their release possible.

President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the government of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release and commended the nation’s intelligence agencies, the military and police force for providing the environment for the safe release of the hostages.”

“The Governor (Masari) and the army worked extremely hard. As soon as I got the information I congratulated them. The Armed Forces know their job. They have been well trained and properly motivated.”

On the issue of detainees held elsewhere in the country by either terrorists or bandits, the President gave assurances that his administration is acutely aware of its responsibility to protect the life and property of the Nigerians.

He urged the citizens to be fair to the administration as it deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption which the administration was elected to resolve.

“When we came, we made efforts that yielded the return of the Chibok Girls. When a similar incident of school abduction happened at Dapchi, we successfully returned all but one of the more than one hundred abductees. When this latest incident happened, we put in our efforts and today we have this result to show.”

The President pointed to the successes of the administration in dealing with security in the South-South and the North East. He said the North West now presented a problem which his administration is determined to deal with.

“We have a lot of work to do, especially now that we have reopened the borders. It is unfortunate that the bandits and terrorists continued to get weapons even under the circumstances of the border closure. We are going to dare them. We will deal with all that,” the President further assured.

He prayed for the full recovery of the students who he said had endured significant hardships in the course of their six-day ordeal.

He also gave further assurances of the determination of his administration to return to safety all fellow citizens held against their will.

Garba Shehu.

Kankara School Abduction: CNG To Hold #BringBackOurBoys Protest In Daura

The main entrance of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

 

The Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) has planned to stage a protest using the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys to demand the return of abducted pupils of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by CNG spokesperson, Abdulazeez Suleiman the group vowed that the protest will be indefinite until the students are rescued.

He said that the protest will kick off in Katsina, the state capital on Thursday and will then proceed to Daura to register their concerns with President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the town on a weeklong visit.

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He lamented that this group cannot keep silent anymore concerning the increasing insecurity in the North.

“It will be unreasonable to expect any northerner and well-meaning Nigerians to fold their arms and watch the North, a significant component of the country abandoned to the mercy of bandits and murderers and kidnappers,” Suleiman said.

He added that CNG Board of Trustees Chairman Nastura Ashir Shariff is already in touch with parents of the abducted pupils and assured them of support through this trying moment.

Other CNG members from Jigawa, Kano and Katsina are expected to join the protest.

PDP Berates Buhari, Asks President To Tackle Insecurity

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus speaks in Bauchi State on December 16, 2020 during the inauguration of roads in the state.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari over the state of insecurity in the country.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday during the inauguration of new road projects in Bauchi State, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, asked the President to tackle the nation’s security challenges.

While noting Nigeria is in distress, Secondus insisted that President Buhari has failed to tackle the security challenges.

“Just a week ago, over 40 farmers were killed in Borno State. Is Nigeria not in distress? What else do you what me to describe?” he questioned.

“The economy is bad, security is bad, virtually every facet of the Nigerian life has collapsed. What else do you want to hear? You know more than we know.

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“You better let the world know and those in authority. All we are saying is that let President Buhari release the Katsina boys for us. We are in pains.”

Secondus explained that President Buhari has left the country worse than he met it, adding that if he were in his shoes, he would declare a state of emergency on security in the country and change the entire security architecture.

His remarks come a week after over 100 gunmen stormed the Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara Local Government Area of the state and abducted over 333 students of the school.

Kankara Abduction: Kano Govt Shuts Schools, Health Institute

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje speaks during the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House on October 6, 2020.

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the immediate closure of all public and private schools in the state.

The Kano State Commissioner of Education, Sanusi Kiru, who disclosed this to Channels Television on Tuesday evening, said the state government also closed down “all public and private health training institutions, including schools of basic/postbasic nursing and midwifery, schools of health technology and school of hygiene with immediate effect.”

The commissioner asked parents whose children are in boarding schools to pick them on Wednesday.

“His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Kano State has approved the closure of all public and Private Schools in the State with immediate effect,” he said.

“Parents whose children are in boarding schools are to also arrange and convey their children/ wards back home from tomorrow, Wednesday, 16th December 2020.”

Although the state government did not give the reason for the immediate closure, it is believed to be connected to the abduction of 333 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in neighbouring Katsina State on Friday night.

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Following the unfortunate incident, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack, in what appears to be a major expansion of the jihadist group’s activities into new areas.

“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” the leader of Boko Haram said in a voice message.

More than 100 gunmen on motorcycles stormed the rural school north of Kankara town, forcing students to flee and hide in the surrounding bush.

The immediate closure of the schools comes three days to the end of the third term as schools in Kano were expected to vacate on Friday, December 18.

   Katsina Parents Keep Vigil 

Meanwhile, the parents of the abducted GSSS, Kankara students have converged on the premises of the school patiently waiting for their children to return as promised by the government.

Their gathering is coming less than one week after the abduction took the nation by surprise.

The parents have also been recounting their experiences as they continue to hope for the return of their children.

Speaking to Channels Television, two of the parents said they couldn’t sleep, adding that they will continue to be spending the night at the school until their children are rescued safely.

Upon arrival at the school gate on Tuesday, Channels Television discovered that the Ƙanƙara school is located at the centre of a bush leading to some scattered settlements some of which are Zango and Dansabau in Zamfara border axis.

It also gathered that besides the school fence is a busy road leading to Ƙanƙara weekly Tuesday Market with daily business activities on the increase.