In the early hours of Saturday, December 12, President Buhari firmly condemned the assault by bandits at the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, charging the military and police to go after the assailants and insure that no student is missed or hurt. According to a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President urged the school authorities to perform an audit of the student population following shootings in and around the school that sent hundreds of them running and scrambling over perimeter walls.In order to provide a full account of the school population, he also advised parents who hurried to the school and expelled their children and wards to alert the school and police authorities.
“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,” said President Buhari while pledging to continue to support the police and military struggle against terrorists and bandits.
The President got a briefing from Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Tukur Buratai, and the military, according to the release. The statement adds that the enclave of bandits at Zango/Paula forest in Kankara was found and in an ongoing operation there was an exchange of fire. The statement adds that the police have announced that no student injuries have been registered so far.The statement pointed out that the President ordered the security upgrading of all schools in accordance with the administration’s strategy of healthy schools.