June 10, 2023


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The Police Command in Katsina, on Saturday, confirmed an attack by gunmen on Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) Kankara, on Friday night.
This is contained in a statement issued by the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, and made available to newsmen in Katsina.

In his reaction the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar
condemned what he called the reactionary style of the nation’s armed forces in their quest to address the security challenges in the country.

Mr. Atiku stated this in a release he personally signed while reacting to Friday’s invasion of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state in which about 600 students were allegedly abducted by bandits.

“We cannot win the war on terror by continuing with the same strategies we have deployed over the last five years. That they have not worked is very glaring, with the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara incidence being the latest in a long line of proofs.

In his own reaction the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday 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 wall

In their own reaction the Coalition for Peace and National Security, CPNS, condemned the bandits’ attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, where at least 600 out of 800 students of the school are reportedly missing.
The group described the action of the bandits against innocent school children as unacceptable.

They described the development as a sad reminder of the terrorists’ attacks on Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State on the night of April 14, 2014, where 276 girls writing West African Examination Council, WAEC, were abducted and another attack on February 19, 2018, at Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi, in Yobe State that left some students dead and others missing.

Also reacting to the unfortunate incident the PDP notes as distressing that President Buhari, who refused to honour an invitation by the House of Representatives for a collective deliberation on security, could abandon his duty post for a holiday, leaving our national flanks open for terrorists, bandits, vandals, and insurgents.
“The time of the attack buttresses the fact that President Buhari, as the commander-in-chief, is totally incapable of securing our nation; the very reason there have been widespread calls by patriotic Nigerians that he should resign.
“This insolence of Mr. President towards issues of national security compelled our caucus in the House of Representatives to demand for his impeachment.
“Our party believes that if President Buhari had listened to wise counsel as proffered by the PDP and other patriotic Nigerians including the two chambers of the National Assembly to rejig the nation’s security architecture, our situation would not have deteriorated to this sorry state.
“Moreover, this particular abduction in the President’s home state, under his watch, raises further serious questions over this government’s capacity to fight insurgency.
“This is more worrisome as the state government had been known to have established contacts with, as well as pampering bandits, which Mr. President had not condemned.
“The PDP demands that President Buhari should immediately quit his needless holidaying in Daura and go in search of, and rescue the abducted students, particularly having earlier admitted that issue of security is his exclusive responsibility.
“Our party sympathizes with the people of Katsina state, particularly the parents of the kidnapped students, who have been subjected to harrowing experience occasioned by the incompetence of the Buhari administration.

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