Min­is­ter asks se­cu­rity agents to in­ten­sify search for ab­ducted stu­dents

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The Min­is­ter of State for Power, Al­haji Mo­hammed Wakil, has asked se­cu­rity agencies to in­ten­sify ef­forts at find­ing the re­main­ing ab­ducted stu­dents of Govern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School, Chi­bok, Borno State.

Wakil, who stated this in a state­ment yes­ter­day in Maiduguri, also urged other stake­hold­ers to join hands with the se­cu­rity agencies in se­cur­ing the re­lease of the girls.

“I think that there is a need for con­certed ef­forts to se­cure the re­lease of the re­main­ing stu­dents. There is also the need for a new strat­egy to con­tain at­tacks on soft tar­gets such as schools and hos­pi­tals’’, he said.

He stressed that at­ten­tion should hence­forth be paid to schools, hos­pi­tals and other soft tar­gets.

“As the in­sur­gents are now avoid­ing well de­fended hard tar­gets, we should de­sign new ap­proaches to se­cur­ing iden­ti­fied soft tar­gets.’’

The min­is­ter sym­pa­thised with the par­ents of the kid­napped fe­male stu­dents.

He ad­vised that an in­ven­tory of likely soft tar­gets should be taken by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties and con­tin­gency plans put in place to se­cure exit routes in case of at­tacks.

“An alarm and warn­ing sys­tem should be put in place in all likely soft tar­gets across the con­flict ar­eas.

“This sys­tem will trig­ger early re­sponse and abort at­tacks as was the case of the foiled plans to at­tack the NNPC mega sta­tions on Dam­bua-Biu road,’’ Wakil said.

He de­scribed the in­creas­ing as­saults on in­no­cent stu­dents as in­hu­man and unIs­lamic, say­ing that at­tack­ing women and chil­dren as part of a soft tar­get strat­egy was con­demnable and rep­re­hen­si­ble.

Wakil ap­pealed to in­sur­gents to lay down their arms and en­ter into ne­go­ti­a­tion with the govern­ment for am­i­ca­ble res­o­lu­tion of what­ever grievances they have. (NAN)

PHOTO:

Grad­uands dur­ing the 5th grad­u­a­tion/ wal­imah cer­e­mony of Sheikh A.M. Gumi Me­mo­rial Is­lamiyyah School in Karu, Abuja at the weekend.

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