Crime and Security

Bandits embarrass Buhari, raid Katsina school, kidnap students

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Bandits terrorizing Katsina state have dared President Muhammadu Buhari who is spending a weeklong holiday in Daura his home town, to unleash mayhem in a secondary school.

The Bandits struck the Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara and abducted hundreds of students. Kankara lies south of the state, about 197km from Daura.

Senator Shehu Sani made the attack known in a tweeton Saturday.

The principal of the school, Malam Usman Abubakar, who confirmed the attack, said the bandits were heavily armed with sophisticated weapons.

According to him, the attack occurred around 10.15 PM on Friday, lasting for about an hour.

Abubakar said that the bandits on arrival at the school entrance, broke the school gate, shot one of the policemen manning the gate on the leg.

The other policeman was said to have taken to his heels. The wounded policeman is now hospitalised.

Friday’s attack came less than six hours after Buhari’s arrival at his home state for the week-long private visit.

In the mean time, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has directed the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state.

The directive followed the bandits’ abduction of students of the Government Science Secondary School Kankara.

Masari spoke on Saturday, accompanied by his Deputy Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and other government officials, when he visited the school, where he met with the school officials, some parents, traditional and religious leaders as well as security officials.

The Governor pleaded with the people to be patient and show restraint and understanding, assuring them that government will do every necessary thing to ensure the release of all the abducted students.

According to him, security officials, constituting the military, the police and the Department of State Security had swung into action and were on the trail of the abductors.

Governor Masari gave assurance that both governments at federal and state levels were doing their best to bring an end to banditry and other debilitating criminal activities in the state.

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