Buhari warns “would-be terrorists” and bandits, FG will not tolerate disruption in school programmes

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday flashed another stern warning to “would-be terrorists” and bandits against attacking schools.

Speaking on the recent attack by bandits on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Igabi LGA, Kaduna, he also commended the military for rescuing 172 of the students.

The students were abducted when gunmen invaded the school in Afaka town in the early hours of Friday in the latest in a series of attacks carried out by bandits across schools in northern Nigeria.

Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, had said 172 students and eight staff members were freed from the bandits, but 39 students are still unaccounted for.

President Buhari was stern in saying that the federal government will not allow the destruction of the school system by bandits.

He hailed the prompt intervention of the military, but urged that the others declared missing are found and returned safely to their families.

The President also commended the efforts and contributions of local intelligence in significantly confronting the kidnappers, adding that a country which has an efficient local intelligence network is a safer country.

He sympathized with victims of the incident, and called on members of the public to support the fight against banditry.

“Our military may be efficient and well-armed, but it needs good efforts for the nation’s defence and the local population must rise to this challenge of the moment,” the president said.

The bandits had broken a little portion of the perimeter fence to get access into the school.

The latest report is that the bandits are demanding N500million Naira before they could release the students who in a viral video by the kidnappers said their torture is becoming unbearable.

The Kaduna abduction comes about two weeks after bandits kidnapped more than 200 students from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Zamfara state.

Buhari had promised that with the ongoing efforts to improve security across the country, the Jangebe abduction would be the last.

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