The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has assured Nigerians the Force will stop at nothing to return Kagara students to their parents.
Bandits, early Wednesday, kidnapped students and teachers from Government Science School (GSC), Kagara, in Rafi local government area of Niger State.
Some family members of the students, many of them children, were also kidnapped.
IGP Adamu, through a statement police spokesperson Frank Mba issued on Thursday, “assured the nation that the Force is irrevocably committed to the safe rescue of all abductees in the attack”.
“The IGP notes that a joint massive search and rescue mission involving the police, the military and other law enforcement agencies is ongoing to ensure that all abducted persons are rescued unhurt and reunited with their families.
“To give impetus to the rescue operation, the IGP has ordered the deployment of additional tactical, intelligence and investigative assets of the Force including 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 and the Force Criminal Investigations Department.
“One police aerial surveillance helicopter has also been deployed.
“The police component of the search and rescue operation is being coordinated by the Commissioner of Police, Niger State who is effectively harnessing all the deployed resources and working in sync with the military and other law enforcement agents in ensuring an intelligence-driven, focused and result-oriented ground and aerial surveillance in the rescue operations and to bring the perpetrators to book.
“The Inspector General of Police, while calling for calm, has enjoined members of the community to provide the Force and the security community with useful, relevant and timely information that can assist in the ongoing search and rescue operations.”