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PRESIDENT BUHARI CHARGES SECURITY AGENCIES TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS FOR EARLY RELEASE OF KIDNAPPED STUDENTS

Expressing concern over attacks by kidnappers and bandits on Kaduna State and the neighboring Niger State targeting students, President Buhari today urged the military, police and the intelligence agencies to ensure the safe and early release of all affected.

In taking note of the ongoing deployments of additional security personnel to all the troubled areas, the President urged the agencies concerned to “act swiftly” to rescue all school boys and girls in the affected states and ensure their safe return.

President Buhari said the disturbing incidents of kidnapping of students in mostly Northern states is threatening to undermine efforts in boosting school enrollments in states that are adjudged as educationally backward and urged state governments to ensure compliance with the UN-supported Safe Schools Program subscribed to by the administration.

The President described kidnapping as cowardly and despicable, condemning it as an assault on the affected families and the nation.

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