Abducted Schoolgirls: Ransom turn into lucrative business – PDP

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alarmed by the current situation wherein outlaws have turned the kidnapping of innocent school children and other vulnerable citizens for ransom, into a lucrative business.
In a statement released by the spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, over the abduction of hundreds of Schoolgirls at Girl’s Science Secondary School Jangebe in Zamfara State, by suspected gunmen on early Friday 26th of February 2021.

The Party said that the situation is becoming rampant following the lethargic approach and compromises under the Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari administration in the fight against terrorism in the country. “Only last week, gunmen had a field day invading communities after communities in Niger state, killing and maiming our compatriots after which they descended on Government Secondary School Kagara where they killed a student and abducted 40 others alongside their teachers.

“In December, just two months ago, the nation was jolted when gunmen invaded President Buhari’s home state, Katsina, at the time he was holidaying in the state and abducted over 600 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara”. Indeed, the party weeped over the unfortunate situation that the nation is being plunged into by the incompetent, deceptive and uncoordinated All Progressive Congress (APC).

“And its administration that not only caused the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country but also failed to run an effective command structure to secure the nation, while the party alerted of a link between the APC and the outlaws.

“It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election. Instead, they had allowed them to continue to invade our communities and wreck havoc on our people”.

PDP tasked President Buhari to wake up from slumber and deal decisively with the escalated scourge, lamented the terrifying spate of abduction, acts of terrorism in the country and his administration have become bereft of solutions to the escalated insecurity under his watch.

The Party therefore charges President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted students. “Mr. President should also do the needful, as the commander-in-chief, to put an end to this high level insecurity under his watch, before the nation is consumed in his hands.

The PDP identified with the families of the abducted children as well as the victims of the worsened insecurity occasioned by the failures of the Buhari administration and urge all Nigerians to remain alert, strong and not resign to despondency.

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