By Omololu Ogunmade
President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday strongly condemned the attack by bandits at Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State.
The president, according to a statement by presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, charged the army and the police to go after the attackers and ensure that no student gets missing or harmed.
He urged the school authorities to carry out an audit of the students’ population following shootings in and around the school which he said sent hundreds of students fleeing and scrambling over perimeter walls.
He also advised parents who rushed to the school to pick up their children and wards to report to both the school and police authorities in order to have a full account of the school population.
“I strongly condemn the cowardly bandits’ attack on innocent children at the Science School, Kankara. Our prayers are with the families of the students, the school authorities and the injured,” Buhari said.
He pledged his continuous support to the police and military battle against terrorists and bandits.
According to the statement, the latest briefing that Buhari received from Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, showed that the military, supported by air power had located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara and there were consequent exchange of fire adding that the police had reported that there had been no reported casualty.
The statement added that the president had ordered a reinforcement of security in all schools in line with safe schools’ policy of the administration.