Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state. The directive follows the abduction of an unspecified number of students of the Government Science Secondary School Kankara by bandits in the night on Friday.
The Governor spoke on Thursday morning when, accompanied by his Deputy Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and other government officials, he visited the state school, where he met with the school officials, some parents, traditional and religious leaders as well as security officials.
The Governor, who could not control his emotions, pleaded with the people to be patient and show restraint and understanding, assuring them that government will do every necessary thing to ensure the release of all the abducted students.
He said the already security officials, constituting the military, the police, and the Department of State Security had swung into action and are on the trail of the abductors. Governor Masari further assured that both governments at federal and state levels were doing their best to bring an end to banditry and other debilitating criminal activities in the state.
According to him, the government is very firm in its resolve to be ruthless in any engagement with the bandits.