Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai says he is confident that the teachers and students of Engravers College, Kaduna would be rescued and reunited with their families.
He stated this on Friday while speaking to State House Correspondents after observing Jumma’at congregational prayer at the Presidential Villa, Mosque, Abuja.
The Governor said the school affected was in the outskirts of Kaduna but assured parents that schools would be well protected.
“I want to thank the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Airforce, the State Security Service and the Police for being very vigilant on this, their response was quick but unfortunately we are having to deal with the situation.
“I am confident that it will be resolved very soon. I get updates every three hours on this and the last update I got was that they are in touch and they are discussing the matter,” he said.
The Governor explained that the Kaduna State government had received intelligence reports on the matter three months ago and took the necessary measures.
He said the incident occurred at that particular school because it was located in the outskirts of Kaduna, along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
“We have been receiving intelligence from three months ago that the bandits have connected with some elements of boko haram and they will be targeting schools to kidnap children because they know that that’s what makes news.
“Based on that, we have re-enforced security around our schools but this school but this school called Engravers Academy is in the middle of nowhere; until when the kidnap happened, I did not even know this school existed. It is right in the middle of the bush along Kaduna-Abuja road that is why it became vulnerable,” the Governor stated.
Students are Safe
Governor El-Rufai assured parents that their wards are safe in schools across the State.
He said: “Other schools are protected and no one should have any doubt about his or her child been in school in Kaduna state. We are doing our best to protect school children.
“This school (Engravers Academy) fell through the cracks because it is quite isolated. It is in the middle of nowhere, some kilometers off Kaduna-Abuja road. But other schools are being watched and we do regular surveillance, we use Nigeria Airforce planes and drones, we do regular surveillance all across the state and we get intelligence regarding likely targets, so with the help of the security, we are doing the best we can on this.”
On whether he intends to withdraw his son, who recently enrolled into a public school, because of the latest incident, the Governor said his child will not be withdrawn.
He also said it was mandatory for all government officials managing public schools in Kaduna to also enroll their children into public schools.
Six female students and two teachers were on Thursday abducted by unknown gunmen from a secondary school, Engravers College, along Kaduna-Abuja highway, to an unknown destination.