Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has lamented that the attitude of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigerian government towards the rescue of students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara is not encouraging.
Bandits abducted the persons, including 27 students, three workers and 12 members of their families in the school located in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
Governor Bello who received the Senate Chief Whip and former Abia state Governor Orji Uzor Kalu at government house said though the federal government sent a delegation to the state and deployed more policemen, it had done nothing to help in securing the release of the victims.
According to him, the efforts of the state government towards rescuing the abductees were not really showing because of the lackadaisical attitude of the Nigerian government.
“At the moment we have not seen any federal support here since this incident occurred. Yes, we had a delegation that came to commiserate with us, but we are left to ourselves.
“With or without any support, the state government has already made a commitment to the people of the state to rescue the abducted school children and therefore we will do everything possible to ensure their release unhurt.
Speaking earlier, the Senate Chief Whip who was at government house to commisserate with the people of the state over the series of security,
pledged to “smoke out” the bandits if he becomes president.
Kalu said he did not believe in giving amnesty to bandits and that “If I am in charge I will not negotiate with bandits.
“If I am in charge I will not negotiate with bandits, I will smoke them away, I cannot negotiate with terrorists, Never”.
He however disclosed that the federal government was mapping out plans that will lead to the wiping out of bandits in the country within the next three months.