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Succour might come to the parents who are looking for their abducted boys at the Government School Secondary School in Kanana if the Nigeria Minister of Defence’s statement is anything to go by.
Major General Bashir Magashi assured on Sunday that the missing students will return home to their parents in the next few hours.
The Minister was one of the delegates sent to the community by the Federal government to assess the situation, sympathize with the teachers and parents and converse with the state government.
Though Mr Buhari is reported to have arrived in Katsina State on Friday evening, 5 hours before the abduction happened, it is not clear why he sent delegates instead of a personal visit.
“Today, we are here also to sympathise with you over the recent abduction of secondary school students, which is more or less a ruthless exercise conducted to tamper with the education of the students,” the minister told Governor Aminu Masari who received the delegation at the Government House.
He added, “With the brief we have received from the sister security agencies in the state, this task will be very simple to accomplish.
“Within the next few hours, we will ensure that these people are back without any collateral damage to the people of Katsina State; we have strategised.”
General Magashi also said the military, the police and other agencies must move faster to ensure that the students are returned to their parents.
The Minister also said it’s time the country proscribe armed bandits as terrorists in order to curb their activists in the North West and other parts of the country.
The Minister added, “All hands are on deck to ensure we accomplish our tasks within the Armed Forces and the police.
“I was here around August on the same kind of mission to sympathise with the government regarding the farmers and herders clashes.”
The governor of the state, Aminu Masari had told the delegations that 333 students were still missing out of the 839 students in the school.
He, however, said the government has not yet received an accurate figure of some of the missing students were returning home after scaling the fence during the attack.
“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number (of students) that have been kidnapped.
“We, as government, we are yet to be contacted by any group or person responsible for the kidnap of the students,” the governor said.