Defence minister assures all missing Katsina students will be freed in few hours, calls for designation of bandits as terrorists

By our reporter| All the 333 schoolboys missing in Katsina State following Friday night’s attack at a boarding facility will return home in the next few hours, Bashir Magashi, Nigeria’s minister of defence assured on Sunday.

Magashi gave the assurance when he led a delegation of the Federal Government, including the service chiefs to Katsina to symphathise with the parents and teachers of the victims, as well as the state government over the abduction.

He said, “Today, we are here also to symphathise with you over the recent abduction of secondary school students, which is more or less a ruthless exercise conducted to tamper with the education of the students.”

“With the brief we received from the sister security agencies in the state, this task will be very simple to accomplish.

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“Within the next few hours, we will ensure that these people are back without any collateral damage to the people of Katsina State; we have strategised.”

Magashi admitted that the confusion arising in the affected local government has testified to the fact that the military, the police, and other security agencies must move faster to ensure that the students were rescued.

He stressed that bandits must not be allowed to rest for a moment, saying it was about time bandits were proscribed as terrorists to effectively curb their activities in the North West and other parts of the country.


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