President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to visit the Government Science Secondary School, in Kankara, Katsina State, his home, over the abduction of at least 333 Schoolboys, Page 36 learnt.
This is despite the President being in Daura, Katsina State, on a week-long private visit.
Bandits had stormed the School, on Friday night, and abducted the Students, after a gun duel with the Police.
The President arrived in the State on Friday, hours before the abduction took place.
President Buhari, who is yet to visit the School, however, sent a Federal Government Delegation from Abuja to Katsina, on Sunday, to condole with the government and people of the State, over the attack.
The Minister of Defence, Gen. Salihi Magashi (Retd.), led the Service Chiefs on the sympathy visit to the State, today. The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ahmed Abubakar; were among the members of the Delegation.
Briefing the Delegation on Sunday, Governor Aminu Masari said: “The children so far kidnapped cut across the State because the boarding school houses all children from all parts of the State and some even from outside the State.
“It has a population of 839 and so far we are yet to account for 333 students. We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.”
The Katsina State Governor, who said that the bandits were yet to contact either the government or anybody on the abduction, also ordered for the closure of Schools in the State.
The Defence Minister, in his response, assured the State of the Federal Government’s assistance in securing the release of the Schoolboys.
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