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Ensure quick release of abducted students, Buhari tells security agencies

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has charged the military, police, and intelligence agencies, to ensure the safe and early release of all kidnap victims, largely students in Kaduna and Niger States.

Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari Charges Security Agencies To Intensify Efforts For Early Release Of Kidnapped Students,’ in Abuja, on Monday.

Buhari described the kidnappings as “cowardly and despicable” while condemning it as an assault on affected families and the nation.

The President further expressed displeasure over the incidents which has affected mostly Northern states, saying that the rising cases were already threatening to undermine efforts in boosting school enrolments in states that were adjudged educationally backward.

He directed security outfits to “act swiftly” to rescue all school boys and girls in the affected states and ensure their safe return while noting ongoing deployment of additional security personnel to all troubled areas.

He called on state governments to ensure compliance with the UN-supported Safe Schools Programme, which the administration had adopted.

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Tragedy struck on Monday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, as one person was feared killed, while two others were seriously injured in a gas explosion.

Our correspondent gathered that the incident happened around 8am along Folagbade Road in Ijebu-Ode.

According to an eyewitness, the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder belonging to one of the passengers in the tricycle.

The witness explained that the tricycle rider, who was conveying three occupants, parked by the roadside when the owner of the cylinder discovered that the gas was leaking.

He said the tricycle was parked near a faulty car with a radiator problem.

According to the witness, who did not identify himself, the leaking cylinder was being fixed by the owner when there was an explosion triggered by the heat from the car.

The source disclosed that the accident involved three people.

“The owner of the cylinder just refilled it with gas and unknown to her, the cylinder was leaking.

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