President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the security operatives and other relevant agencies to intensify efforts to rescue the 200 children kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger State.
According to a statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari, who received briefing on the latest incident of school kidnapping, condemned as unfortunate, the kidnapping of children from schools, and urged all the agencies involved in the rescue operation to do their utmost in securing their immediate release.
He also directed the concerned government agencies to extend possible support to the families of the abducted children.
TOS News reported that armed bandits on Sunday abducted pupils of the Islamic school in Tegina, a town in Rafi Local Government Area in Niger State.
The bandits reportedly seized the police station in the town and went round the town shooting sporadically into the air to scare residents before breaking into a private school where they abducted children attending Islamic lectures.
The school, which consists of nursery and primary schools, also hosts Islamiyya students in the evening and at weekends.