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Niger doing everything possible to secure release of abducted Islamic students – Gov

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The Niger State government on Wednesday said that it is working towards securing the release of the Salihu Tanko Islamic School children in Tegina.

The development comes ten days after the school children were abducted.

Speaking on behalf of the state governor, his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso made the statement in Minna, Niger State capital, the Nation reports.

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Responding to criticism that has trailed the government’s silence over the abduction of the students, Ketso explained that everything is kept under wraps for security reasons.

“The government cannot just sit down and feel apathy for the parents. Any responsible government cannot do that.

“We are doing everything possible for their release,” he said.

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Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, further explained that there are certain issues about security that cannot be said in the public.

He urged the people to remain optimistic that the children will return safely.

“We know it can get emotional and touchy. There are certain things the government cannot say about security. The government is doing whatever it is doing assiduously to deal with the security situation in the state,” he said.

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