Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu has revealed that the state heard about bandits’ movement around Federal Government College in Kebbi’s Birnin Yauri district weeks before the attack, and deployed additional security operatives.
He, however, noted that the gunmen overpowered the officers.
In a statement by Yahaya Sarki, spokesman to the Kebbi governor, Bagudu assured the parents that efforts are on to ensure the safe rescue of the remaining victims.
“The state government will do everything humanly possible to bring these children and the staff back safely,” he said.
“Since this unfortunate incident occurred, all hands are on the deck to ensure that these our children and the staff are rescued alive, hale and hearty.
“This abduction was a brazen and tragic incident, where bandits confronted the policemen who were providing security to the school. Unfortunately, they made away with some students and teachers. It is an unfortunate incident.
“About two weeks ago, there was the news of bandits’ movement and they were sighted around this area. We consulted with the federal authorities here who told us that the school has about two weeks to finish its terminal examinations.
“It was agreed that if security can be stationed in the school, it is better to support the children to finish their examinations before going home.”