Governor Bello Matawalle has banned the movement of vehicles within Zamfara State from dusk to dawn with effect from Wednesday following the latest kidnap of 73 students from Government Day Secondary School Kaya, Maradun Local Government Area (LGA).
Besides the apparent curfew, the governor has also ordered the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools in the state with immediate effect.
The announcement was made by the commissioner of police, Ayuba Elkanah Wednesday evening following the abduction of the 73 students in Maradun.
He, however, announced that movements of vehicles in Gusau, the state capital will be extended to 8.00 p.m. everyday.
Meanwhile, SP Muhammed Shehu, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), also on Wednesday gave details of the kidnap of the students in Maradun in a statement.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that Maradun is the hometown of Governor Matawalle.
Confirming the abduction, the police spokesman said:
“The Zamfara State Police Command wishes to confirm the abduction of 73 Students of Government Day Secondary school, Kaya, in Maradun LGA.
“The abduction followed the invasion of the school by a large number of armed bandits on Wednesday at exactly 1122 hrs.
Shehu said that the Commissioner of Police, Ayuba N Elkanah, has deployed a search and rescue team with a mandate to work in synergy with the military to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted students.
According to him, the CP further appealed to the general public, especially parents and relatives of the abducted students, to exercise patience and continue to pray for the success of the ongoing rescue operation.
He said that security has been beefed up at Kaya community and environs to forestall further attacks.
“Further development will be made known to members of the public,” he promised.
GreenWhiteGreen GWG reports that the kidnap of the students in Maradun follows the spate of banditry in Zamfara State.