By Ismail Auwal
President Muhammadu Buhari has, on Saturday, strongly condemned the latest bandits’ attack at the Government Science Secondary School Kankara, in Katsina State.
The President has also charged the army and the police to go after the attackers to ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Mal. Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged the “school authorities to carry out an audit of the population of the students following shootings in and around the school that sent hundreds of them fleeing and scrambling over perimeter walls.”
While sympathizing with the parents, he urged all those “who rushed to the school and removed their children and wards to notify the school and police authorities in order to have a full account of the school population.”
“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara. Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities and the injured,” said President Buhari while pledging to continue to support the police and military struggles against terrorists and bandits.”
Shehu’s statement added that, “In the latest briefing received by the President from Governor Aminu Bello Masari, with whom he has been in touch, and the Army Chief of Staff, General Tukur Buratai, the military, supported by air power has located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara and there have been exchange of fire in an ongoing operation. Police said so far, there has not been reported any student casualty.”
Therefore, “The President has directed the reinforcement of security of all schools in line with the safe schools policy of the administration.”