Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu say he is “ready to lead search and rescue mission into the forest” where it is believed bandits are keeping at least 58 students they kidnapped on Thursday from Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri.
Governor Bagudu said this during a solidarity visit by local hunters where he also met with his counterparts Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Jigawa State governor, Badaru Abubakar who came to express their sympathy and commiserate.
Governor Bagudu said he will discuss with his colleagues and security agencies in this direction, so as not to jeopardise the ongoing commendable operations to rescue the abducted students and staff.
According to local authorities, the gunmen stormed Federal Government College, Yauri on Thursday where they carried out the latest mass abduction.
Local reports on Friday say the Nigerian Army was able to rescue some of the FGC Yauri students.
School staff who escaped narrated how gunmen kidnapped students from FGC Yauri
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Governor Bagudu said: ”we will go out there and like I promised, the day we move out, I will not be in the office because we will join you in the field. He added that “other Governors will also join us so that we will be in the field .”
The Kebbi State Governor said, they will do this barring all consequences, in the bid to rescue all the abductees.
Governor Bagudu asked the hunters to go back and fully mobilize, pending when he will get the necessary clearance from the security agencies.
Kebbi closed seven schools after Birnin Yauri Kidnap incident
Meanwhile Kebbi has indefinitely shut down seven schools due to the armed attack at Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, according to reports.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers say the reason for the closure is because the schools are located in areas bandits can easily attack.
Chairman Nigerian Union of teachers Kebbi, Isah Arzika told News Agency of Nigeria that government has directed all school principals to close any school they believe are not safe.
Mr Arzika added that police and vigilantes have also been deployed to the schools for monitoring and protection.