Niger State Government, on Tuesday, disclosed that some bandits who kidnapped about 200 Children from Salihu Tanko Islamic School, Tegina in Rafi Local Government Area of the state have been nabbed.
The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, made the disclosure in Minna while giving updates on the abducted school children abduction.
Although the state government did not disclose the number of bandits that have been arrested, he said security operatives were already on trail of the remaining bandits so as to rescue the children.
Speaking shortly after presiding over a security meeting in Government house Minna, Ketso assured that ransom will not be paid.
“Be assured that the abducted children will be rescued the same way the Kagara Science School Boys were rescued. We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely.”
“The government does not know their parents nor where they came from. We are still taking the census of the children to know the exact numbers that were actually abducted. Nevertheless, the government will do everything possible to ensure their safe rescue.”
The deputy governor also admitted that the abductors of the school children took the government unaware, adding that due to the incessant attack on schools, the government, through proactive measure, has temporarily converted all boarding schools to day schools.
In a related development, more communities have suffered attacks from armed bandits in the last 24 hours, with four people killed and several others injured in Kanpanin Bobi in Mariga local government area of the state.