The Federal government has declared that it will deploy all resources at its disposal to ensure the release of all the kidnapped victims in another State.It also declared that it will not surrender its sovereignty to any group or individual disturbing the peace of the nation.
This was the message given to the Governor of Niger state by the Federal Government Delegation who visited the state over the recent bandit attack and abduction of students and staff of the Government Science College, Kagara.
The four man delegation comprises of Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, National Security Adviser, BabaGana Monguno and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.
Speaking to the Governor, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed expressed satisfaction over the immediate step take by the Governor after the attack while assuring that the federal government will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the state and country.
“We have been sent by the President to assure the people and government of Niger state and Nigeria that the administration will leave no stone unturned to ensure the safety of lives and properties in the country.
“We are glad at what we have witnessed, that the state government is exploring kinetic and non kinetic options to ensure the safe release of the victims. On our part as the federal government, we will deploy all resources to ensure the safe release of the victims.
“We want to assure you that we will not surrender its sovereignty but will employ all means to ensure the safe release of all the victims across Nigeria.”
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno who noted that the incidents are becoming too frequent stated that the federal government will deploy everything at its disposal both kinetic and non kinetic means and reconciliatory measures to ensure the students and other victims are returned back safely.
“The incidents are becoming too frequent. Within the span of 90 days, we have these incidents, one in kankara and one here. This gives a lot of people the feeling that something has to be done.
“The President is ready to apply whatever it takes to make Nigeria safe and secure. We will apply the non kinetic measures but although we are looking at non kinetic measures does not mean that security won’t carry out their statutory measures. Which is to safeguard the security of Nigerian for as long as this government remains in this office, it will have no choice but to apply every measures to secure the lives of the people.”
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu said that the incident in Niger is a cause of concern to all adding that the security agencies are strategizing on how to bring the students and other Abducted victims back safely.
He said that the same strategy used during the Kakara attaack would be employed in n this case.
“What is happening in Niger state is an issue of concern. A lot of strategy is put in place. We are working to ensure that the students are returned unharmed.
“We are using the same strategy as we used in the past case but it won’t stop us from apprehending those who committed the act. We have deployed four units of mobile police men to reinforce security in the state.”
Appreciating the delegation from. The federal government, Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello applauded the Presidency for responding to the cry of the people promptly.
He lamented over the surge in banditry and kidnapping in the state adding that the state is doing its best to secure the release of the victims of both cases.
He stressed that the Government is committed to do whatever it can to ensure the safe returns of the children and families being abducted
“I am confident that with the effort so far that we will secure the release of the children and other victims at the shortest possible time.”