200 Students Return as Masari Orders Closure of Katsina Boarding Schools
All boarding secondary schools in Katsina State have been ordered to close immediately.
State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, gave the order for the immediate closure of the schools on Saturday following the abduction of an unspecified number of students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara by bandits late Friday.
The governor, according to his spokesman, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, spoke Saturday morning when he visited the state school where he met with the school officials, some parents, traditional and religious leaders as well as security officials.
Malumfashi said the governor pleaded with the people to be patient and show restraint and understanding, assuring them that government will do every necessary things to ensure the release of all the abducted students. He said security officials, constituting the military, the police and the Department of State Security had swung into action and are on the trail of the abductors.
Meanwhile, two hundred of the students who fled for safety on Friday night after bandits attacked their school in Ƙankara have been safely returned, according to police spokesperson, Gambo Isah and the principal of the school, Usman Abubakar.
Both were still unable to tell the true number of students abducted during the raid, saying the police are currently conducting a headcount of the students.
The principal told a television channel that “We cannot ascertain the number of students kidnapped until later in the day as some of the students are now resurfacing from the nearby bush. We are currently taking the attendance.
Some of them went straight to their various houses with their parents calling us that their children are at home,” he said.
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