KANKARA SCHOOL ATTACK: Buhari, IGP Talk Tough, as Military Bring Support
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has charged the army and the police to go after the Friday attackers of Kankara Government Science Secondary School in Katsina and ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.
The president, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, urged the school authorities to carry out an audit of the population of the students.
“In the latest briefing received by the president from Governor Aminu Bello Masari, with whom he has been in touch, and the Army Chief of Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, the military, supported by air power, has located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara and there have been exchanging fire in an ongoing operation. The police said so far, there has not been any reported student casualty.
“The president has directed the reinforcement of security in all schools in line with the safe schools policy of the administration,” the spokesman wrote.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has also ordered the immediate review and strengthening of security arrangements around educational institutions in the country.
Force PPRO, Frank Mba, in a statement on Saturday said the deployment which involved personnel from the police tactical squads and crack detectives from the Force Intelligence Bureau would provide investigative support to the Katsina State Police Command.
They are also to work with the military and other law enforcement agents in coordinated efforts aimed at rescuing the students, hunting down the perpetrators and bringing them to book.
He further noted that investigations had so far revealed that one of the attackers was killed and a policeman was injured during the attack.
The exact number of students missing cannot be ascertained at the moment as massive operations including investigations as well as a search and rescue exercise are still ongoing, according to Mba.
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