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Avoid Firefight With Abductors Of Katsina Students, Security Expert Warns Govt


A retired senior officer of the Nigerian Air Force, Group Captain Sadeeq Shehu, has suggested the Federal Government and authorities in Katsina on the rescue of the schoolboys who’ve been lacking since two days in the past.

He particularly warned in opposition to using power within the bid to rescue the boys and beneficial negotiation as step one to take.

Shehu, who’s an adjunct professor on the George Marshall European Centre for Security Studies in Germany, made the remarks throughout his look on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

“As we are going into the rescue operation, I would like to sympathise with the people that are involved and also to commiserate with the security officers and at the same time, to sound a warning, in all honesty, I am not completely comfortable when I heard that there was an exchange of fire,” he stated.

The safety skilled defined, “In a situation where you have children that are still with the hostages, and it is not even in a confined space … this is inside the forest, I think the idea of exchanging fire with people who are still holding our children should be properly thought about.

“There could be a lot of risks in that. When you have hostages with any criminal or any abductor, I think the first issue will be a negotiation.”

On Friday evening, bandits invaded the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, a Local Government Area in Katsina with lots of of scholars lacking within the course of.

VIDEO: The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, says all of the schoolboys will return residence within the subsequent few hours.


Lack Of Training In Nigeria’s Security Architecture

The incident sparked an outrage with calls from numerous people and teams on the federal government to step up efforts in the direction of securing the individuals and their properties.

While the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, confirmed that at the least 333 college students have been lacking, the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, stated the boys could be rescued in some few hours.

More than 5 hours after the minister made the feedback, the scholars have but to return as of press time.

In additional response to the kidnapping, Shehu who can also be a former Deputy Head of Security on the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, decried the response time of the safety forces to reach on the college.

According to him, it took the safety operatives about 9 hours to reply as there was no response till the subsequent morning.

The safety skilled insisted that participating the bandits in a shootout was a flawed transfer to make, stressing that such a state of affairs may expose the kidnapped college students to hazard.

Group Captain Sadeeq Shehu explains easy methods to rescue the lacking college students throughout his look on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on December 13, 2020.


“Again, it shows the training we lack in our security architecture. Every police department should have a negotiator because we cannot be firing into the bush when we don’t know where the children are.

“The issue is not throwing blames, but we have to accept that attacks on schools have become a function not only in Nigeria but in many other countries around the world,” he stated.

Shehu added, “There are lessons to be learned from the government side, from the school authorities, you need to have the minimum security and safety standard.”

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