President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack on the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, by some gunmen on Friday night.
The president, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, ordered security agencies to go after the attackers and ensure that no student got missing or harmed.
He also urged the school authorities to carry out an audit of the population of the students, following shootings in and around the school which forced hundreds of the students to scale over the school’s fence and flee.
He also advised parents who rushed to evacuate their children and wards from the school to notify the school and police authorities of their action, in order to have a full account of the school population.
“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,” he added.
Buhari pledged to continue to support the police and military in their campaign against terrorists and bandits.
Meanwhile, the presidential aide disclosed that the president had received briefings from Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State and the Army Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on the incident.
Shehu said that troops, supported by air power, had located the bandits’ enclave at Zango/Paula Forest in Kankara, adding that there had been exchange of fire at the location.
“Police said so far, there has not been any reported casualty among the students,” he said.
He said that the president had directed the reinforcement of security at all schools, in line with the “safe schools” policy of his administration.