Katsina mass abduction: Bandits first took schoolboys to neighbouring villages, say residents December 15, 2020Kindly Residents of Kankara during a protest against
The JNI, in a statement titled, ‘Abduction of GSSS Kankara students – a plangent mood for the poor masses,’ issued by its Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to hearken to the voice of Nigerians by ‘revamping ‘ the security architecture of the country and addressing the nation.
The Islamic group said this on Monday just as more facts emerged on the abduction of the schoolboys. Some residents, who confided in a journalist, said the bandits after abducting the schoolboys at Kankara on Friday night, first took them to neighbouring villages before conveying them to unknown locations.
Recall that bandits on Friday attacked the school in Kankara and abducted no fewer than 333 students.
The attack occurred on the day the President arrived in Katsina, his home state, on a private visit and a few days after he made a U-turn on his promise to honour the House of Representatives’ invitation to address the lawmakers on the rising insecurity in the country.
On Monday, the JNI said Nigerians were tired of empty condemnations each time such tragedies (abduction) occurred without concrete steps to arrest the situation.
Specifically, the JNI said it was pained that the abduction of the students came on the heels of the killing of over 110 rice farmers at Zabarmari in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The JNI recalled that the development was a sad reminder of the abductions of the Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls which government had yet to resolve. It urged the government to spare no efforts to immediately return all the abducted Katsina students.
Besides, the religious body noted the abduction would further frustrate school enrolment in the North.
It stated, “If there is any worse outcome than the abduction itself, it is the fact that this is the most potent action to frustrate school enrolment in northern Nigeria, as no parent will forthwith be comfortable to send their children or wards to boarding schools despite the many enrolment campaign efforts by the government.”
Lamenting the increasing insecurity, the JNI said, “For the umpteenth time, we will continue to ask: for how long shall the masses continue to live in fear? For how long shall the federal and state governments continue to issue empty condemnations whenever tragedies strike?
“Are the government and the security agencies so overwhelmed and thus cannot secure the citizens? Are there insurmountable challenges or acts of sabotage that the government is hiding from the public? These and many more questions continue to bedevil every discerning mind within and outside Nigeria.
“The Kankara abduction was so belligerently orchestrated that it happened the day Mr President arrived at Katsina State on a private visit, Hindrances to APC’s promises should be weeded out – Tinubu“Are the bandits this bold as to further test the resolve of the Government or smite the face of the commander-in-chief by bringing it up to his doorstep in his presence?”
“This further proves what we once said that the bandits rule in many communities and do as they wish with impunity.“There are lapses in our security architecture that need to be urgently and seriously addressed.
“What baffles us the most is the government’s inability to locate the enemy’s actual enclave, the focal point of their strength and to devote all available means to rout them out or incapacitate them.
“Is it that the political will isn’t there? What really is the challenge or Nigerians don’t deserve to know from the government they elected? Mr President needs to hearken to the call of Nigerians; revamp the security architecture and address the nation.”
Abductors first took abducted schoolboys to neighbouring villages– residents in a related development, residents of Kankara and parents of the students on Monday relived their experiences. A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said as early as 11 am on Friday, the bandits had arrived in Pauwa and other villages not far from Kankara.
According to him, some of them, who were on motorcycles, went to Kankara in the afternoon to monitor the security situation there. It was learnt the bandits arrived at the school at 9 pm after the students had had their night prep. They took many of the students away
A retired civil servant, who spoke said that the bandits first brought the abducted students to a place close to Pauwa on Friday night before taking them to unknown locations. Maybe the attack was a reprisal as I learnt some communities around Kankara recently attacked and even killed some Fulani.
I relocated from Kankara to Katsina after I was kidnapped twice– LG workers local government worker, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said his mother who lived in one of Kankara neighbouring villages, said the woman said the bandits arrived in the villages in the afternoon.
He said he used to live in Kankara, but relocated to Katsina after bandits kidnapped him twice and he paid ransoms to regain freedom.
Abdullahi said “I am a local government worker and residing in a village under Kankara. Bandits kidnapped me twice and I had to sell my belongings including my cattle to raise the ransom I paid to ensure my freedom.
“It was after I secured my freedom when they kidnapped me for the second time that I had to relocate to Katsina from where I now go to work.“My mother, who still stays in the village, said that on Friday, the bandits arrived the nearby villages close to Kankara and some of them entered Kankara to monitor the security situation.
“It was later at night that the bandits left the villages for Kankara and abducted the students and after the abduction, they came back with some of the students before carrying them away on several motorcycles. “According to him, residents came with more than 100 motorcycles, with each conveying at least three persons.
A parent, Mallam Aminu Dayyabu, from the Bakori Local Government Area of the state, said that his 12- year son, Farouq Aminu, was among those abducted. He said neither the boy nor the bandits had contacted him since his abduction on Friday. I haven’t heard anything about my 12-year-old son
— Father of abducted pupilDayyabu told said on Monday “ We have yet to hear anything about the boy since Friday when he and his other students were abducted from the school. My son, Farouq, is 12- year old and he is in JSS 2 in the school.“I have been going to school since Saturday and there is no information yet on him.
All I heard was that the bandits stormed the school at night after night prep and abducted the students. I appeal to the government to assist us in the rescue of the students”
‘One of my sons still missing another parent, Alhaji Muntari said he had two children in the school. He gave their names as Abdullahi and Muhammad:
Muntari added, “ I have seen one of my children Abdullahi, but Muhammad who is in JS2 has yet to return.”
Nigeria at war, says Soyinka on Monday, Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, lamented the spate of insecurity in the country, saying Nigeria was at war.
Soyinka condemned the security challenges confronting in the country in a statement on Tuesday titled “INFRA DIG–A presidential comeuppance.”
He noted that he joined other people in using the word “Infra dignitatem” to any situation indicating assailing his dignity or statement unworthy of response. He said, “Once, the word featured prominently in the repertory of Nigerian shorthand diction. Indeed, I grew up thinking that it was only one word, not two, and assumed also that it was English, not Latin: infra dignitatem!
“I joined others in applying the shorthand to any situation where I felt that my dignity was assailed, that a chore was beneath my status, an individual beneath notice or a statement unworthy of response. Sometimes, of course, it came useful when one could not think of an adequate response. Then, carrying myself as I had seen others do, I hissed, shook my head in disdain, and walked away as I spat out the ultimate sanction: Infradig!”
He added that when the President was invited by the National Assembly to appear before it amid the rising insecurity in the country, he (Buhari) didn’t initially consider the invitation as below the standard of behaviour. He stated that the President considered the invitation as a polite invitation to preserve the “tattered remains of his ‘born-again’ democratic camouflage.”
According to him, Buhari’s failure to fufil his promise to honour the lawmakers’ invitation is an indication that Buhari is not in charge.He stated, “However, his reversal of consent raised yet again the frightening situation report I have fervently posed: Buhari is not in charge. Whoever is, that segment of the cabalistic control obviously cornered him on the way to the lawmakers’ chambers and urged :Don’t! Their invitation is infradig! He succumbed.”
The playwright said the nation was at war considering the latest abduction of pupils reminiscent of the kidnap of Chibok schoolgirls in Born State on April 14, 2014.He also condemned what he termed banal responses to genuine calls on government for action against insecurity.
Masari meets President, says discussions ongoing with abductors– Buhari’s aide Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday quoted the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, as saying that those who abducted students had contacted his government.
Shehu quoted Masari as disclosing this in an interview he had with journalists after a meeting he had the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in Daura, to brief him on the abduction. The presidential aide’s statement was titled “Gov Masari briefs President Buhari on kidnapped school children, assures of steady progress in rescue efforts.”
UN condemns abduction of schoolboys United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has also condemned the abduction of the schoolboys. Guterres, in a statement by his spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, called for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted children and for their safe return to their families.