President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the army and the police to go after the bandits that attacked Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
The President, who condemned the attack that saw to the abduction of students, said the security agencies must ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Saturday, a copy which was seen by PlatinumPost, said Buhari urged the school authorities to carry out an audit of the population of the students following shootings in and around the school that sent hundreds of them fleeing and scrambling over perimeter walls.
The statement said: “Parents who rushed to the school and removed their children and wards were also required to notify the school and police authorities in order to have a full account of the school population.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara. Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities and the injured. ”
Buhari pledged to continue to support the police and military struggle against terrorists and bandits.
“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, General Tukur Buratai, the military, supported by air power has located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara and there have been exchange of fire in an ongoing operation. Police said so far, there has not been reported any student casualty.
“The President has directed the reinforcement of security of all schools in line with the safe schools policy of the administration,” the statement added.
PlatinumPost reports that Buhari arrived in his hometown of Daura, Katsina State, yesterday for a week-long private visit, only for the bandits to strike in school few hours later.