The House of Representatives has called on the federal government to help rescue the 136 Islamiya students abducted by armed bandits from Tegina, Rafi local government area of Niger State.
The call was sequel to a motion on matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Sa’idu Musa Abdullahi and co sponsored by Nine other Niger State lawmakers presented at the plenary on Thursday.
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Presenting the bill, Sa’idu Musa Abdul said, Niger State has been making headlines in the news in the past few months due to the worsening activities of bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram.
“These elements have been gruesomely torturing and killing innocent lives; destroying critical infrastructure and properties; carting away foodstuff, rustling cattle and domestic animals; and instilling fears, tensions and anxieties in the minds of people across the State and Country.
“There was a mass abduction of about 136 children from Mallam Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Tegina, Rafi LGA, Niger State recently. Two weeks after the abduction, the children are still in captivity.
“Only for these few days, a Prince from Kontagora Emirate and others were killed; about five people were abducted from Batati, in Lavun Local Government Area.
“Serial abductions of innocent people from Suleja Local Government Area were reported; and bandits were seen operating along Zungeru, Tegina and Kontagora axis of Niger State for days and nights without resistance.
” No fewer than fifty (50) communities across Munya and Shiroro Local Government Areas of Niger State were sacked and over 3,000 people were displaced from their ancestral homes to seek refuge in IDPs Camps recently,” the lawmaker stated.