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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 18 February, 2021 Edition)

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Niger School Abduction: Buhari Dispatches Military, Police To Rescue Victims

President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched the military and police to Niger State for the rescue of the victims abducted at Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.

In a statement Garba Shehu, his spokesman, issued on his behalf, the president demanded that the victims should be rescued immediately.

The security officials are to coordinate the rescue operation and meet with state officials, community leaders, as well as parents and staff of the College.

Niger Governor Shuts Boarding Schools In 4 LGAs

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State has ordered the immediate closure of all the boarding schools in four local government areas of the state.

This is as a result of the abduction of students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara.

Gunmen had invaded the school in the wee hours of Wednesday, raiding hostels and staff quarters. A student was killed during the operation that lasted for hours.

Addressing a press conference in Minna, the State capital, Bello ordered that boarding schools in Rafi, Munya, Mariga and Shiroro local government areas should be closed indefinitely.

2023: Secondus Faces Sack As Defections Hit PDP

Dark clouds are gathering over the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as bigwigs of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) poised to whittle its structures down ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Pundits say the political strategies being adopted by the APC ahead of 2023 are far-reaching and would require concerted effort in the PDP if it is to survive.

This, it is argued, is part of the party’s effort to prove as wrong the impression that President Muhammadu Buhari’s exit at the expiration of his tenure in 2023, would lead to the collapse of the APC.

Amnesty Int’l To FG: Bring Abductors Of Niger Students To Justice

Amnesty International has condemned the yesterday’s abduction of 42 persons by gunmen at the Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State, saying attacks on schools undermine right to education.

Its director, Osai Ojigho, urged the Federal Government to bring to justice, those responsible for the abduction and other human rights abuses, adding that the latest development haD clearly shown that authorities are not doing enough to protect lives.

“We condemn this appalling attack, which is the latest in a string of attacks on schools in northern Nigeria. Attacks on schools and abductions of children are war crimes. Those found to be responsible for the abduction must be brought to justice for these and other human rights abuses. That this is coming only about three months after a similar incident at a school in Kankara, Katsina state, shows that authorities are not doing enough to protect lives. The children abducted are in serious risk of being harmed. Nigerian authorities must take all measures to return them to safety, along with all children currently under the custody of armed groups. Education is under attack in northern Nigeria.

Post Military Personnel To All Schools — Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday, in a statement, called on the Federal Government to post armed military personnel at all schools “for 24/7 protection.”

Atiku condemned the abduction of the students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.

He asked the Federal Government to declare all secondary and primary schools in the affected states and zones as federal protected zones,

‘We Shouldn’t Be Cowards’ – Defence Minister Asks Nigerians To Confront Bandits

Minister of Defence, Major General (rtd) Bashir Magashi, has asked Nigerians to summon courage and stand up to the gunmen wreaking havoc across the country.

Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the screening of Service Chiefs by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Magashi described those who abducted staff and students of a secondary school in Kagara community in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, as cowards.

He said Nigerians have the responsibility to ensure there is adequate security around them.

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