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School Girls Abduction: Zamfara Closes Schools, Deploys Helicopters

Following the abduction of 317 girls from Government Science School, Jangebe, Zamfara state, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, has ordered the closure of all bordering schools in the state.

The governor assured of his administration’s commitment to ensuring speedy rescue of the abducted girls.

The girls were abducted around 1 pm on Friday from their hostel.

Matawalle, in a broadcast, said police helicopters have been deployed to haunt the bandits and rescue the girls.

The Governor said he had been in touch with security agencies, other relevant individuals and groups towards rescuing the girls.

He promised to keep families of the victims and the general public informed on the development.

“As a father, I feel the pains of the parents and guardians of the abductees. My heart is with you at this moment and will always be with you throughout the rescue mission.

“I also want to use this opportunity to appeal to the parents and guardians to exercise more patience and continue to pray for the success of the ongoing rescue mission

“Despite this seeming setback, my administration will ever remain focused on its strategy of disarmament. A single bullet in the hands of the non-state rogue elements could result in severe harm to the innocent.

“I am of the conviction that the large cache of assorted weapons recovered through the disarmament process has made Zamfara State safer despite the recent unfortunate incidents.”

He explained that the type of dangerous weapons recovered through the disarmament process would make the heart of any person of conscience to cringe.

The Governor said the only way to defeat the situation is to face the monster of insecurity and banditry through united responses.

Efforts, according to him, were being made to strengthen security around schools in the state for immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools across the State.

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