By Maiharaji Altine Gusau
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has directed the security operatives in the state to intensify efforts and rescue all the abducted students of College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura promising that he would do everything humanly possible to rescue them unhurt.
This was contained in a statement by the Director General, Media, Public Enlightenment and Communications, Government House Gusau, Alhaji Yusuf Idris Gusau and made available to newsmen on Monday.
The statement reads, “His Excellency, the Zamfara State Executive Governor Hon. Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has expressed sadness over the abduction of 15 Students and 4 staff of the College of Agriculture and Animal Sciences, Bakura, by suspected armed bandits last night”.
“The state government has continued to strengthen efforts of providing security to all schools across the state since the abduction of Jangebe school girls”.
“Governor Matawalle who is seriously saddened with the resurgence of school abduction in the state by recalcitrant bandits is however thankful to God for the prompt response of the security agencies to the school to reinforce the already stationed security at the school which also led to the succesful rescue of three out of the four abducted staff of the institution”.
“The governor directed the security operatives in the state to intensify efforts and rescue all the abductees promising to do everything humanly possible to rescue them unhurt”.
“He lauded the immediate action embarked by the security of search and rescue strategies in order to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students and staff currently in captivity”.
“Governor Matawalle also appealed to the citizens of the state to remain calm as government is taking all the necessary steps to restore normalcy in the area and charge inhabitants to cooperate with the security agencies deployed to the area by providing them with useful information leading to the rescue of the victims”.
The Governor, according to the statement further called on all Nigerians to intensify prayers for an end of all criminal activities in the state and the nation at large.
Governor Matawalle who extended his condolences to families of those killed by the bandits including a police man and two civilian security guards during the attack also assured parents of the abducted students that his government will intensify efforts to rescue them.
He prayed Almighty Allah to accept the Shahadat of the deceased and their families the fortitude to bear the loss.