Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

By Ige Olugbenga

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered security agencies to take all necessary steps to rescue the women who were abducted in Maiduguri last month.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.

Akande said Osinbajo directed the security agencies to consider partnering with the nation’s international partners to achieve the feat.

While condemning the abduction, Osinbajo sympathised with the families of the abducted women, and assured them that the Federal Government will spare no efforts to ensure the safe and speedy return of all the victims.

The statement read, “The Acting President has therefore directed Nigeria’s military and intelligence agencies to take all necessary steps including coordinating with our international partners to rescue the abducted women, as well as to ensure further tightening of security in and around Borno State.

“The Buhari presidency assures that the ongoing efforts of security agencies, including the establishment of additional military and police bases in parts of the country, as well as the improved intelligence gathering will continue, and commends some of the recent significant breakthroughs in combating kidnapping and banditry in the country.”

In a related development, Osinbajo also has ordered further security beef-up in Kaduna state following the recent communal clashes that resulted in the loss of lives in the state.

He condemned the violence, saying the security situation in Southern Kaduna was a source of concern for the Federal Government and all well-meaning Nigerians.

He assured that no effort would be spared in identifying and bringing perpetrators of the dastardly acts to justice no matter how long or hard it might take.

According to him, Nigerians in the area and everywhere in the country have a right to live in peace.

“We will not relent and won’t be deterred in our pursuit of securing the lives and property of all Nigerians, everywhere and in every part of this nation.

“In the end, we will not only secure the peace all around, but we shall enforce justice for the victims and all of those that are affected,” he said.

The acting commiserated with the families of the victims, the government and people of the state, and wished the injured victims speedy recovery.

He commended the prompt response and efforts of the state government and the security agencies.