Gunmen have stormed a school in northern Nigeria and abducted hundreds of students and staff.
President Muhammadu Buhari lamented the mass abduction on Wednesday, saying he had directed the armed forces to go after the kidnappers.
The brazen attack occurred at Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, Mr. Buhari said.
“Our prayers are with families of the victims of this attack,” the presidency quoted the President as saying. He also condemned as cowardly the attack on innocent school children.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has received reports of the brazen attack on Government Science College, Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, following which a yet to be ascertained number of staff and students have been abducted by gunmen,” the presidency said in a statement.
“Following these reports, the President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives. The President has also dispatched to Minna, Niger State a team of security chiefs to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College.
“President Buhari has assured of the support of his administration to the Armed Forces in their brave struggle against terrorism and banditry and urged them to do all that can be done to bring an end to this saga, and avoid such cowardly attacks on schools in the future,” a spokesman said.