Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the state.
“As we are making efforts to strengthen security around our schools, I have directed the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools across the State”
The directive followed the abduction of more than 300 students from Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, in the early hours of Friday.
The Governor in a statewide broadcast Friday evening said efforts are ongoing with security agencies and other relevant individuals and groups towards rescuing the girls.
He assured the parents of the abducted students that the government will do everything in its power to secure their freedom.
“Currently, police helicopters and other search and rescue operatives have been deployed to the area,” he said. “Members of the public, and most especially the parents and guardians, would be kept informed of developments with regard to this all-important mission.”
” The recent twist in the spate of banditry brings to the fore the need for the adoption of a uniform strategy across all the affected states.
” We can only defeat this formidable challenge through a united response. Politics or any other difference should not stand in the way of the fight against insecurity.
“The fundamental objective of governance is to secure the lives and property of the governed. My administration will never relent in the pursuance of this fundamental objective.
” I appeal to the people of the state to remain calm and resist the evil machinations of those who would want to exploit the current situation to achieve political ends, he said.