Niger State Governor orders closure of boarding schools in four local government areas

News - by RadioNow / Feb. 18th, 2021
Niger Governor Sani Bello

The Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello has ordered the immediate closure of boarding schools in four local government areas in the state. The local government areas affected by the order include Rafi, Mariga, Munya and Shiroro.

The announcement was made in a broadcast from the Government House on Thursday following the abduction of 27 students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara on the 16th of February.

In his address, Governor Sani-Bello said the government would explore all options to secure the release of the students, but maintained that the state government would not pay ransom, as “it is not our policy as a government to pay ransom to bandits.” noting that such ransom money would be used to purchase more arms.

The abduction of students at the Government Science College, Kagara occurred on the morning of the 17th of February at 2 am, as gunmen raided the school in army uniforms, killing one student in the attack.

In response to the abduction, the Federal government has condemned the kidnapping and has pledged to take all steps necessary to secure the release of the abducted. Speaking in a press conference in Minna, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno stated that: “The federal government will apply everything at it’s disposal, both kinetic and non-kinetic, reconciliatory methods, to get all the students back safely.”

This latest incident comes on the heels of multiple attacks by bandits in Rafi & Shiroro local governments where 37 people were kidnapped in separate attacks.

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