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Police reveals ongoing rescue of abducted Kagara schoolchildren

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A joint search and rescue mission, involving the Police, the military, and other law enforcement agencies is ongoing to safely rescue abducted persons in Niger State.

The Police Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, announced this in a statement on Thursday, February 18, in Abuja.

1st News had reported that suspected terrorists on Tuesday night, invaded Government Science School, Kagara in Niger, and abducted some students.

Mba said the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the deployment of additional tactical, intelligence, and investigative assets of the force for the rescue operation.

According to him, four units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) attached to Operation Puff Adder II, one Unit of Police Special Forces, personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU), and operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau have been deployed.

He said that personnel of the Force Criminal Investigations Department, as well as one Police aerial surveillance helicopter, had also been deployed.

According to him, the police component of the search and rescue operation was being coordinated by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Niger.

He said the commissioner was effectively harnessing all deployed resources and working in collaboration with the Military and other law enforcement agents.

The FPRO said the idea was to ensure intelligence-driven, focused, and result-oriented ground and aerial surveillance in the rescue operations and bring the perpetrators to book.

Mba said the IGP called for calm and enjoined members of the community to provide the joint mission with information that could assist in the ongoing search and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, the National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has criticised the abduction of students and teachers of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State.

1st News had reported that the abduction took place in the early hours of Wednesday 17 February 2021.

This condemnation was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, February 18, through the NUT Secretary-General, Mike Ike Ene.

The NUT stated that it is worried and also greatly concerned over the increasing state of insecurity across the country; where attacks on soft targets such as schools are fast becoming a dangerous spot for the bandit and other criminal elements in Nigeria.

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“NUT is alarmed by this brazen attack which has left a number of families and relatives distressed.

“We call on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency declare a state of emergency on the security situation in the country”.

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