President Muhammadu Buhari has directed armed forces and Police to ensure the safe return of students and officials abducted by gunmen who attacked Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi local government are of Niger State.
The President has also dispatched a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation
According to a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces in their brave struggle against terrorism and banditry and urged them to do all that can be done to bring an end to the attacks on schools.
Meanwhile the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has confirmed that the total number of students kidnapped at the Kagara Science School is twenty-seven and has directed the immediate closure of boarding schools in four local government areas in the state.
Governor Sani Bello who gave the directive in a state broadcast said the state government will not pay ransome for the release of the abducted students and some staff.
He maintained that it is not the policy of the state government to pay ransome adding that this will discourage the kidnappers from using the proceeds to purchase more weapons.