GSC Students Still With Abductors - Gov Sani-Bello - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, February 19, 2021

GSC Students Still With Abductors - Gov Sani-Bello

-The Daily Crucible

Niger Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello has said that the 30 people,  including 27 students and 3 teachers, abducted on Wednesday morning at Government Science College, Kagara, were still in the custody of the bandits, dispelling rumour making the rounds that they have been released.

Sanni - Bello however disclosed that the  Niger State government was negotiating with the abductors, expressing the hope that they would regain freedom soon.

He spoke on Friday at the Government House in Minna, the state capital, shortly after meeting the popular Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi.

He said: “Regarding the event of the past few days where we have two serious cases of kidnappings –the NTSA (Niger State Transport Authority) bus that was kidnapped (with passengers). And the second event took place at the Secondary School in Kagara.

“As at this moment, we do not have any additional information to give apart from the one given earlier on, yesterday. But I want to assure you that we are doing everything we can, we are interfacing with the local communities, with federal authorities and our own state authorities to ensure that we recover the victims safely.

“Our utmost priority right now is to make sure we bring them back home safe and that is exactly what we are going to do. So, there hasn’t been any information I can give you at this moment but once we have anything for you, we will let you know.”

Fielding questions in respect of the purported release of the abductees, the governor retorted : “Everything that is being said out there is rumour and in situations like this, we cannot work with rumour, it has to be confirmed. Yes, we’ve been receiving different rumours from different people within villages but we are still treating those as rumour until processed and confirmed.”

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