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Buhari warns bandits over Kaduna school abduction

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a stern warning to would-be terrorists and bandits targeting schools, saying the country would not allow the destruction of the school system.

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The president gave the warning in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday.

Mr Buhari was reacting to the invasion of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna, by gunmen on Friday.

He commended efforts of the Kaduna State government and early response of the military which led to the rescue of 180 students including eight staff members.

He, however, urged that the others declared missing be found and returned safely to their families.

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The president also commended efforts and contributions of local intelligence in significantly thwarting the kidnappers.

”A country which has an efficient local intelligence network is a safer country.

“Our military may be efficient and well-armed but it needs good efforts for the nation’s defense and the local population must rise to this challenge of the moment.”

Mr Buhari sympathised with the victims of the Afaka incident and hoped for an early end to the ordeal of those still held captive.


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