Police in Zamfara state have commenced search and rescue operations over the abduction of over 300 school girls in the state.
This was contained in a press release signed by the police spokesperson in the state, SP Mohammed Shehu.
Recall that over 300 female students of Government Girls Science Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara LGA were on Friday kidnapped by armed bandits.
According to the police spokesperson, the search and rescue mission is in collaboration with military operatives.
“The Zamfara State Police Command in Collaboration with the military have commenced a joint search and rescue operations with a view to rescuing the 317 students kidnapped by the armed bandits in Government Girls Science Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Mafara LGA on 26th February 2021 at about 0100 hours.
“The Commissioner of Police CP Abutu Yaro fdc, the Force Commander Operations Hadarin Daji, Major General Aminu Bande, Brigade Commander 1 Brigade, Nigeria Army Gusau and other state government officials led a heavily armed Re – enforcement team to Jangebe to complement the ongoing rescue operation in the locations where the students were believed to be taken to,” the press release read in part.
He further stated that the police commissioner appealed to parents and the school to remain calm as the police embarks on the mission.
“The CP while interfacing with the Principal of the school and the parents appealed to them to be calm as joint efforts of the Police and other security agencies will assurely led to the successful rescue of the students.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has described the abduction as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors.
Reacting to the incident on Friday, President Buhari said “this administration will not succumb to blackmail by bandits who target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments.”
According to him, “no criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government,” adding that, “the only thing standing between our security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.”