We’ll rescue kidnapped school boys soon – Defence Minister
333 students still missing – Masari
The federal government has pledged to rescue the dozens of kidnapped school boys of Government Science Secondary School Kankara who have been in captivity since Friday night.
Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, Retired, made the pledge when he led a delegation of heads of security and intelligence agencies on a sympathy visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari at the Government House in Katsina.
The minister, who declared armed bandits as terrorists, explained that he had led an all-inclusive emergency meeting with heads of security and intelligence agencies where they strategized on measures to bring armed banditry to a decisive end.
He noted that security operatives have carried out an aerial surveillance of the Rugu Forest and planned a rescue operation with minimal civilian casualty.
The head of the federal government delegation also extended President Muhammadu Buhari’s grief over the incident and gave an assurance that all the abducted school boys will be rescued in the next couple of hours.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Bello Masari explained that a total of three hundred and thirty-three students were still missing out of the eight hundred and thirty-nine students that were in the school during the attack.
He said he had directed the school management to open a students’ register and make a phone call to every parent that has wards in the school to ascertain the number of missing students in the wake of the kidnap incident.
Masari said he directed the closure of all boarding schools in the state to forestall the possibility of another kidnap incident in other schools in the state.
Meanwhile the Governor, the Defence Minister and heads of security and intelligence agencies have held an hour-long closed-door meeting.
Those in attendance include the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chiefs of Army, Naval and Air Staff, the Inspector-General of Police and the Directors-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Defence Intelligence Agency and the Department of State Services.