FG, Niger government negotiates with kidnappers
The federal and Niger state governments are using third parties to connect with thugs who have kidnapped schoolchildren and their teachers at the Kagar State College of Science, data collected authoritatively by the Daily Trust.
The thugs broke into the school early Wednesday morning and left with some of the students, staff and their families.
Gov. Sani Bello, speaking to the press on Wednesday, said 27 students, three employees and 12 family members had been kidnapped. The school has more than 1000 students.
One of the students, Benjamin Doma, was killed while trying to escape. The kidnappers reportedly left him in a pool of his blood as they accompanied the kidnapped students and teachers into the bushes.
Kagara’s kidnapping took place less than three months after the kidnapping of more than 300 students from the State Science High School in Kankar in the neighboring state of Katsina.
A few days later, the students were released due to charges of paying a huge ransom, which were denied by the federal and Katsina state governments.
Saving in progress
Sources familiar with the efforts to rescue the abducted victims of Kagara, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, admitted to our reporter that it was decided to use the back door to secure the release of the abducted.
One source said officials have contacted some Fulani leaders and repentant bandits who are in contact with the bandits to negotiate the release of the victims.
As it became known, two well-known repentant Fulani bandits from the states of Katsina and Zamfara were called to join the kidnappers.
“Some progress has already been made. We were able to establish that the abductors were Fulani boys from one of the forest camps in Kaduna, bordering Niger in the south and Zamfara in the north. We have already established contacts, ”said one of the sources.
“But the main problem now is to be easily accepted because there is no trust between the bandits and the government in Kaduna. But people with greater reach are working to sit next to the leaders of the kidnappers, the elders who can get them to comply, ”he said.
A senior security official said air patrols have increased on the border between Kaduna and Niger State.
“There is extensive forest across the states of Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger, making it very easy for the bandits operating in those states to move along the corridor,” he said.
School director Dan Asabe Ebaidu said on Wednesday that the number of bandits who stormed the school could not be determined.
He said they were in military uniform and drove the students to the dormitory.
Ebaidu said he had never seen anything like it during his tenure as a school principal.
He said that he managed to escape when the kidnappers broke into the staff quarters, so they abducted some of the staff and their families.
According to him, after a search of the office premises, the abductors went to student dormitories.
Ebaidu noted that they could easily access the school because it was porous.
In an interview with the Daily Trust, another witness said the gunmen gathered some staff and students in one location for several hours before taking them out of the school.
It was reported that some of the students escaped as they were being led in an unknown direction.
It is reported that one of the abducted employees, who was identified simply as Batagi, escaped from the kidnappers.
Some of those still in captivity have been identified as Laval, Ali, Hannatu and her husband Dodo and Mohammed Abubakar (Akavu).
Kagara is the seat of the Rafi Local Government District in the Southern Senatorial District of Niger. It is approximately a 3 hour drive (114.1 km) on the Minna-Zungeru road and the Minna-Maikunlele road.
Sources said the bandits who stormed the school in Kagar terrorized the Birnin-Gwari area of the state.
Niger has been the protagonist of the recent and ongoing attacks caused by kidnapping and murder. Minna, the state capital, is 2 hours 48 minutes (151.6 km) from Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
We Know The Kidnappers – IGP
Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu described the incident in Niger as a source of concern.
He was part of a federal government delegation to Niger state to hear a kidnapping case in Kagar on Wednesday.
PGI said several strategies have been developed to deal with the situation.
“We have reorganized. We are working to ensure that students return unharmed. We use the same strategy as in the previous case, but this will not prevent us from arresting those who committed this act. We deployed our mobile police units to enhance security in the state. The group that made the incident, we know the group and will report people who were not injured, ”he said.
Earlier, Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who led the delegation in Minna, said that he was sent by President Bukhari to assure the people and governments of the state of Niger and Nigeria that the administration will ensure the safety of life and property. in the country.
“We are delighted that the government is exploring kinetic and non-kinetic options to ensure the safe release of victims. We will allocate all resources to ensure the safe release of victims. We want to reassure Nigerians that we will not give up our sovereignty, but will use all means to ensure the safe release of all victims throughout Nigeria, ”said Lai Mohammed.
The delegation also included Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola; National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagan Monguno; and Police Minister Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi.
For its part, NSA Monguno said the federal government will deploy whatever it has at its disposal, including reconciliation measures, so that students return safe and sound. He recalled that Nigeria recorded two cases of abduction of students in 90 days.
According to him, “the President is ready to do whatever is necessary to make Nigeria safe and secure. Our response to these incidents will be sensible. We will use non-kinetic measures, but although we observe non-kinetic measures, this does not mean that the security service will not enforce their legal measures, which should ensure the safety of Nigerians while this government remains in this office, applying all measures to ensure the lives of people.
“No responsible government will surrender its sovereignty to bandits, kidnappers and rebels. This is not what the government will apply. There are too many problems associated with our security challenges, and all kinds of efforts will be made to address them. ”
Source: – Daily Trust