Governor Abubakar Sani Bello fled the country shortly after an unspecified number of children were abducted from an Islamic school in Tegina town, Rafi local government area, Niger state.
The Nation learned of the Governor’s outing with his wife.
He was reportedly on a security mission.
According to a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel Berje, the trip was intended to explore all options for strengthening the state’s security architecture.
The Governor is expected to return shortly, according to the statement, but has directed security operatives and government officials to ensure the safe return of the abducted Tegina Islamiyya children and others.
“The Governor, who is expected to return to the country within the next few days, has assured the children’s rescue and safe return.
“Governor Sani Bello also assured all Nigerien citizens that the government will continue to do everything possible to protect their lives and property while ensuring the state’s continued peace and stability.
“While assuring parents of abducted children of their children’s safe return and directing security agencies to do everything possible to return the children as quickly as possible, the Governor also urged citizens to cooperate and share intelligence and information that will aid in the children’s quick rescue,” the statement reads.
Additionally, the statement stated that the Governor has directed that a situation room be reactivated to keep the public informed of current events and government activities.