Niger State Government has geared up measures towards ensuring the release of Islamic School children abducted by bandits in Tegina, Rafi Local Government area of the state.

Giving an update on the abduction to newsmen at the Government House, Minna, Monday, the state deputy governor, Alh Ahmed Mohammed Ketso said that the government was on the pursuit of the bandits with efforts being put in place to identify the bandits.

Ketso said that the numbers of the kidnapped school children are not fully ascertained, but efforts by security agencies had intensified search to secure their release.

The deputy governor maintained that the government was always proactive and seeking all avenues to see to the children release, but ruling out ransom payment to the abductors.

“We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely,” he said.

He said that the government has made contact with some of the identified parents of the kidnapped children, assuring them of their safe return.

It has been widely reported that over 200 school children and some travelers who fell victim to the bandits were abducted.