Following the incessant kidnappings that have taken place across Niger state, journalists under the auspices of Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger state Council, have urged the state government and security agencies to hasten their effort in ensuring the safe release of abducted persons in the state.
Niger state has been faced with kidnappings in the past three days and has however vowed not to pay ransom to kidnappers.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, Yakubu Mustapha Bina and the Secretary, Daniel Atori, the Chapel urged the government and security agencies to hasten the release of the 136 Salihu Tanko Islamiyya school children, in Tegina, Rafi LGA who have spent over nine weeks in the hands of their abductors.
It should be recalled that the 136 Islamiyya Children were abducted since May 30th this year and despite pleas, the government said it will not pay ransom but apply its own strategy.
The statement also prayed the government and relevant agencies to beef up its strategy to ensure the timely release of the state Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Sani Idris who was picked from his Tafa home on Sunday night, the Niger state Zone C chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Aminu Bobi who was abducted on Saturday in his farm in Mariga local government Area and others.
The Commissioner for Information, it was gathered, was abducted on Sunday night while it was raining heavily in Tafa LGA.
While commending the government and joint task force for the success stories recorded so far in repelling bandits, the Correspondent Chapel frowned at the way informants have thwarted efforts of the government and security agencies.
The statement also charged everyone to be more vigilant, adding that “residents must report any strange moves and suspected persons to the relevant agencies to ensure security”.