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333 Katsina schoolboys still missing, says Governor Masari as parents protest

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Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has said 333 students are still missing after an attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in the state.

He gave the number when a Federal Government delegation led by National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, visited him on Sunday.

Gunmen had invaded the school on Friday night, shooting into the air to scare away people in the area, giving them the opportunity to abduct many students.

Some people including parents of the abducted students took to protest on Sunday over the abduction and demanded immediate rescue of their children.

This came as Northern Governors Forum (NGF) condemned the Saturday’s attack by bandits on the school, describing the development as “unfortunate, regrettable and intolerable”.

The school is said to have a population of around 800 students. The police said when the gunmen attacked the school; some of the students scaled the fence to escape.

Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, Isah Gambo, had earlier said 200 students were rescued as of Saturday morning.

On Saturday evening, Spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, said the armed forces had located the hideout of the bandits in a forest.

The president directed the security agencies to ensure the rescue of the abducted students and urged parents whose children fled home during the attack to notify the school.

The protesters in Katsina on Sunday demanded the immediate rescue of students abducted by bandits.

The protest was led by a woman who identified herself as one of the mothers of the abducted students.

They went around the school’s premises and some parts of the town with placards showing messages such as ‘Government must speak out’, ‘We want our children back’ and ‘We want security in Kankara’.

The Northern Governors Forum also condemned the attack and said through their Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press, Dr Simon Macham, that they remained solidly behind the security agencies in the pursuit of the bandits to ensure that normalcy was restored and the abducted students rescued.

They appreciated the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the security forces to deploy every available resource needed to deal with the situation.

They also expressed solidarity with the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, the government and people of the state and urged that everything possible should be done to ensure that no student was left behind in the bandits’ captivity or harmed

Lalong said the prayers of the forum were with the families of the students, the school authorities and called on the citizens to volunteer useful information to the security agencies and relevant government bodies to assist in the quick arrest of the situation.

Coalition of Northern Groups had earlier threatened to mobilise students and youths to go on protest in if the abducted students were not rescued on time.

Chairman of the North-West zone of the group, Jamiu Aliyu, who addressed a press conference in Katsina, said, “We condemn in totality this barbaric act and call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the culprits, we equally stress the inability of the government to protect those young, innocent, vibrant students from this horrible attack as uncalled for.

“Failure of the government to rescue the missing students within a shortest period of time, CNG will not hesitate to mobilize hundreds of thousands on the streets of Katsina state for a continuous protest, until the students are fully rescued, even if it’s going to cost our lives.”

Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the deployment of additional forces to Katsina to assist in the rescue operations.

“The deployment, which includes personnel from the Police Tactical Squads and crack detectives from the Force Intelligence Bureau, will provide investigative support to the Katsina State Police Command,” a statement by the Police spokesman, Frank Mba, said.

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Fire guts Emir of Kano Sanusi’s palace

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Fire guts Emir of Kano Sanusi’s palace

Fire has gutted a section of the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, at Gidan Rumfa.

A statement by Munir Bayero (Danburam Kano), the Chief of Staff to the Emir, said the incident occurred Saturday morning.

The chief of staff said there was no casualty.

The statement read in part, “It is hereby notified that on Saturday July 13, 2024, in the morning, a fire incident occurred at the Outer Court of His Royal Highness’s Palace, Kofar Kudu.

“Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the damage was minimal. The palace is taking all necessary measures to ensure the security and safety of the palace and its occupants.

“We are also investigating the cause of the fire and taking steps to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.” NAN)

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Plateau declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

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Plateau declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

The Plateau State government has declared three days of mourning for pupils and teachers who lost their lives in the Saint Academy School building collapse on Friday.

A total of 22 lives were lost and 132 others sustained injuries in the incident that occurred in the school located at Busa Buji, Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

The state government has ordered that all flags within the state be flown at half-mast during the three-day mourning, starting from July 13 to July 15 in honour of the victims.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information, Musa Ashoms, on Saturday.

Governor Caleb Mutfwang, who visited the school on Saturday, extended his condolences to families affected by the incident and urged citizens to strictly follow building codes and ethics to prevent such tragedies.

“We offer our deepest sympathies and unwavering support to those affected during this incredibly difficult time. We are dedicated to providing the best possible medical care for the injured and will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the collapse,” Muftwang said.

“The safety and well-being of our citizens, especially our children, is our top priority. We urge all schools to comply with safety regulations and secure the necessary approvals from the JMDB before beginning any construction projects.”

Muftwang has also announced immediate closure of Saint Academy School and ordered full investigation into the building collapse.

“It is unfortunate what has happened but of course what it means is that this school is closed down immediately. We can’t take any further chances and we need to send this message particularly to owners of private schools.

“The motive for profit must not overshadow the safety of lives. And so we are going to take steps immediately to do a technical audit of all the schools, we are going to test their structural integrity to ensure that human beings can inhabit such buildings,” the governor said.

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Updated: Four persons rescued from Abuja collapsed building

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Updated: Four persons rescued from Abuja collapsed building 

Four persons were immediately rescued after a section of a two-storey residential apartment collapsed in Abuja on Saturday morning.
Many other people are still reportedly trapped in the rubble even as search and rescue operations were ongoing as of 4pm on Saturday.

The building is beside Cupid Hotel, Sultan Dansuki Road, Phase 2, Site 2, Kubwa, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Saturday incident occurred barely 24 hours after a school building collapsed on pupils in Jos, Plateau State, killing 22 and injuring 132 others.

Two of the rescued victims have been taken to the Kubwa General hospital while search efforts for other persons possibly trapped in the collapsed building were being intensified.

The collapsed building, which contained 45 self-contained rooms, was previously used as a hotel before it was converted for residential purposes.

The FCT Emergency Management Department (FEMD) was reportedly notified of the incident by passers-by and received a distress call on emergency toll free number at about 6.45am.

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