Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, on Friday, February 19, had met with the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, over the abduction of students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
The meeting with the governor was held at the Government House in Minna to brief him on the outcome of his meeting with the bandits.
Addressing journalists after the meeting with the governor, Gumi said
“The outcome is very positive because if you have warring factions and each faction says that I have complaints and grievances which are very simple, I think there is hope”
Bello had ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the bandit-ravaged areas.
According to report, a joint search and rescue mission, involving the Police; the military; and other law enforcement agencies is ongoing to effect safe release of the abducted persons in Niger State.
The Police Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, announced this in a statement on Thursday, February 18, in Abuja.
Mba said the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, had ordered the deployment of additional tactical; intelligence; and investigative assets of the force for the rescue operation.
According to him, four units of Police Mobile Force (PMF) attached to Operation Puff Adder II; one Unit of Police Special Forces; personnel of the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU); and operatives from the Force Intelligence Bureau have been deployed.
He said that personnel of the Force Criminal Investigations Department; as well as one Police aerial surveillance helicopter, had also been deployed.