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Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Friday said two weeks before bandits attacked Federal Government College, Birnin Yauri, there was a report of bandits presence.
The school wasn’t closed, instead a detachment of special Anti-terrorism Task Force was deployed to guard the school.
Bagudu, made this known while addressing parents, staff and the students that survived the attacked when he visited the school in Birnin Yauri for an on-the-spot assessment.
According to him, when he consulted with the federal authorities on the situation at hand, it was agreed that since the school would be closing in two weeks time after the students finished writing their terminal examination, the school should be provided with security for the period.
“About two weeks ago we heard that there was a bandits movement. Bandits were sighted around here.
“We consulted with federal authorities and told us that the schools has about two weeks to finish their terminal exams.
“At that consultation we all agreed that if security could be found and stationed in the school that could support the children to finish their exams before going home.
“The police commissioner graciously enough find a big contingent from the special Terrorism Task Force that were stationed in the school before the incident that happened yesterday (Thursday).
He added that the bandits confronted policemen who were providing security to the school and overpowered them and unfortunately, made away with some of our children, some teachers and other employees.
NewsWireNGR reports that thr Nigerian Army says troops have rescued some of the kidnapped students and some teachers on Friday.
The authority also said that the troops recovered no fewer than 800 cows.
There were no details given on the students still in captivity.