President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, to immediately deploy his men to apprehend those who abducted 15 nursery and primary school pupils near Aba, Abia State, on Monday.
The President, who strongly condemned the kidnap, also described it as callous and cruel, promising that the ugly trend of kidnappings would soon become a thing of the past.
This was contained in a three-paragraph statement issued yesterday and made available to newsmen by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro.
It says: “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan condemns the utterly callous and cruel kidnapping of 15 nursery and primary pupils near Aba yesterday (today).
“President Jonathan has ordered the Inspector-General of Police and heads of other security agencies to take all necessary steps to rescue the abducted children and return them safely to their parents.
“The President urges the parents and relatives of the children to remain calm and assures them that the government will do everything possible to apprehend the kidnappers and bring closure to these ugly incidents as soon as possible”.
On Monday, gunmen suspected to be kidnappers hijacked a school bus conveying 15 pupils and diverted it to an unknown destination.
The kidnappers are said to be demanding for N20 million ransom for the release of the kids who have been identified as pupils of Abayi International School, Osisioma, near Aba.
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