Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has ordered the immediate closure of all boarding secondary schools in the state.
The directive follows the abduction of an unspecified number of students of the Government Science Secondary School Kankara by bandits in the night on Friday.
The Governor spoke on Saturday morning when he visited the school company of his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and other government officials where he met with the school officials, some parents, traditional and religious leaders as well as security officials.
Alhaji Masari who could not control his emotions, pleaded with the people to be patient and show restraint and understanding, assuring them that government would do every necessary things to ensure the release of all the abducted students.
He said already, security officials, comprising the military, the police and the Department of State Security had swung into action and were on the trail of the abductors.
Governor Masari further assured them that both federal and state governments were doing their best to bring an end to banditry and other criminal activities in the state.
According to him, the government is very firm in its resolve to be ruthless in any engagement with the bandits.