By Rita Iliya
Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger says the special squad to rescue the abducted Tegina Islamiyya school children will be given appropriate support to succeed in the onerous task ahead.
He stated this in Monday when he visited the team of the combined security force to boost their morale in Kagara, headquarters of Rafi local government.
The combined security agencies, comprising of the Military, Police, Civil Defense, and Vigilante Corps, are to comb the forests to rescue the abducted children.
Sani-Bello said that government would continue to take decisive action towards ending the bandits activities that is forcefully changing the lives of the people, especially in the rural areas.
“We have to try our possible best not to make them succeed in forcing us to change our normal lives, they started by displacing farmers from their farmlands.
“Next they moved to burning farms. Then moved to kidnappings and forcing us to close our schools, now they have started attacking Islamic schools,” he said.
He told the special squad that logistic materials have been provided for them, promising that their allowances and other financial benefits would always be provided as and when due.
The Governor, who commended the security personnel for their efforts in fighting the bandits in the last few weeks, however, mourned the killing of 20 Vigilante Corps Members by the bandits in Magama Local Government.
He urged the Federal government to intensify efforts at ensuring that adequate measures are evolved in collaborating with neighbouring countries to curb the inflow of criminals minded persons.
Earlier, the Governor met with parents of the abducted school children at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Gunna, urging them to exercise patience as government is exploring all avenues to see to their safe rescue.
Expressing their gratitude, the Emir thanked the Governor for all the support, especially in the area of security to the emirate and the support given to the family of the kidnapped school children.
Also, the Headmaster of Salihu Tanko Islamiyyah School Tegina, Malam Abubakar Alhassan, said the action of the government to go into full combat is a welcome development provided that there children will be brought back safely.
Alhassan disclosed that 15 of the teachers have escaped from the hands of their abductors in Zamfara state and are in military facility in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State where they would be handed over to the Niger State Government.(NAN)