The Nigeria Police Force has deployed more men to Niger State to rescue kidnapped students, teachers, and other staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
No fewer than 42 people, including 27 students, were kidnapped when bandits attacked the school Tuesday night.
Force Police Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba, who disclosed this in a statement, said that aerial surveillance had begun to ensure the rescue of the victims.
In the statement entitled, ‘Kagara abduction’ and made available to newsmen on Thursday, it noted: We are committed to the safe rescue of all abductees, says IGP’, Mba said, “The Inspector-General of Police, M.A 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.
“The IGP noted 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 are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.
“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 units of Police Mobile Force attached to Operation Puff Adder II, one Unit of Police Special Forces, personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Unit and operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau and the Force Criminal Investigations Department. One 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 added.