We’ll rescue kidnapped Kagara schoolchildren – IGP Adamu vows


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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has assured the nation that the force is irrevocably committed to the safe rescue of all abductees in the recent attack on Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State and other related incidents.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba stated this in a statement on Thursday.

Recall that armed bandits stormed the school in the early hours of Wednesday and kidnapped 42 people, including 27 students, before whisking them to an undisclosed location.

The statement quoted the IGP as stating that a joint massive search and rescue mission involving the police, the military and other law enforcement agencies was ongoing to ensure that all abducted persons were rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.

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“To give impetus to the rescue operation, the IGP has ordered the deployment of additional tactical, intelligence and investigative assets of the Force including four (4) units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) attached to Operation Puff Adder II, one (1) Unit of Police Special Forces, personnel of the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau and the Force Criminal Investigations Department. One (1) Police aerial surveillance helicopter has also been deployed.

“The Police component of the search and rescue operation is being coordinated by the Commissioner of Police, Niger State who is effectively harnessing all the deployed resources and working in sync with the Military and other law enforcement agents in ensuring an intelligence-driven, focused and result-oriented ground and aerial surveillance in the rescue operations and to bring the perpetrators to book.

“The Inspector General of Police, while calling for calm, has enjoined members of the community to provide the Force and the security community with useful, relevant and timely information that can assist in the ongoing search and rescue operations,” the statement further read.

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