In what can be said to be a rude welcome for President Muhammadu Buhari to his home state, Katsina, Friday, December 11, 2020, bandits stormed a secondary school in the state and abducted an as yet undisclosed number of students.
President Buhari arrived Katsina and headed for Daura, his home, same Friday where he is expected to spend one week on a private visit. He was, as usual, received on arrival at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport and at the Helipad in Daura by top government functionaries, leading traditional rulers and other dignitaries.
But bandits, same Friday night, raided the Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) Kankara, Katsina, and abducted the students who, as at the time of this report, are yet to be accounted for.
In a statement, following the dare devil operation, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State ordered the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state.
He gave the directive through his Director-General on Media, Mr Abdu Labaran, on Saturday.
Masari, Labaran said, spoke when he visited the school in company of his Deputy, Mannir Yakubu, other government officials, some parents, traditional and religious leaders as well as security officials.
The Governor, who could not control his emotions, pleaded with the people to be patient and show restraint and understanding, assuring them that government would do everything necessary to ensure the release of the abducted students.
He said that already, the military, the police and the Department of State Security had swung into action and were on the trail of the bandits.
Masari further assured them that both the Federal and state Governments were doing their best to bring an end to banditry and other debilitating criminal activities in the state.
“The government is very firm in its resolve to be ruthless in any engagement with the bandits,” he said.