President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has expressed concern over the abduction of school students.
Senator Lawan noted that the unsavoury incident was peculiar to schools located in the northern part of the country and could discourage parents from allowing their children to acquire Western education.
The Senate President remarks was a sequel to a motion brought by Senator representing Niger East, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, over early morning abduction of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara in Niger State.
enator Musa who rose under order 42 and 52, stated that an unspecified number of school students with their teachers have been abducted.
In his motion, “Abduction of Students and Teachers of Government Science School Kagara: Need for urgent action,” the Senator representing Niger East noted with sadness, and great concern, the recent terrorist attack and abduction of students at Government Science School, Kagara, Niger State by gunmen in the early hour of Wednesday.
He further disclosed that the bandits were dressed in military uniforms when they attacked the boarding school, overpowered the security guards before whisking away the students, and killing some which numbers were yet to be confirmed.
Senator Musa submitted that aware that section 14 (2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended stipulates that the welfare and security of citizens shall be the primary responsibility of government; thus government at all levels owe the people the duty to provide adequate security;
“Aware that the recent attack and abduction of school children at Government Science School, Kagara, Niger State is coming on the heels of yet to be resolved Kankara abduction of 300 students which took place at Government Science School, Kankara, Katsina State, Chibok Girls in 2014, and abduction of about 100 school girls at Government Girls Science and Technical School, Dapchi, Yobe State in 2018; and concerned that like the other incidents of school children abduction that took place in Chibok and Dapchi, several years back, if no immediate action is taken to rescue Kagara School Students, their fate may be sealed in the hands of terrorists.”
Contributing to the motion, Senator representing Niger South Senatorial District, Birma Enagi said no senatorial district in Niger State was safe from the menace of banditry and kidnapping.