The immediate intervention of military forces on the attackers of students of Kankara Government Science Secondary School has seriously paid off.
President Muhammadu Buhari revealed on Saturday that the bandits have been located at their hideout at Zango-Paula Forest in the area and an operation is ongoing to free the abducted students.
According to a briefing he received from Governor Aminu Masari and the Army Chief of Staff, General Tukur Buratai, the military, supported by air power has located the bandits’ enclave.
“There has been exchange of fire in an ongoing operation”, Buhari said in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the SSA media.
President Buhari who arrived Katsina on a weeklong visit, strongly condemned the attack on the school.
He charged the army and the police to go after the attackers to ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.
The President urged the school authorities to carry out an audit of the population of the students following shootings in and around the school that sent hundreds of them fleeing and scrambling over perimeter walls.
Parents who rushed to the school and removed their children and wards were also required to notify the school and police authorities in order to have a full account of the school population.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara. Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities and the injured,” said President Buhari.
He pledged more support for the police and military as they contend with the terrorists and bandits. Police said so far, no student casualty has been reported.
The President has directed the reinforcement of security of all schools in line with the safe schools policy of the administration.
Different figures filter in as to the number of students abducted. One report quoted 600 while another said 54 the school is still conducting an audit of students around.
The Army and the Air Force formed a combined team to attack the bandits aerially while the police joined in form of Calvary to land onslaught to comb the Kankara forest.