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 on Friday night.
The Governor spoke on Thursday morning when he visited the school, where he met with the school officials, some parents, traditional and religious leaders as well as security officials.
Masari, who could not control his emotions, pleaded with the people to be patient and show restraint and understanding, assuring them that the government would do every necessary thing to ensure the release of the kidnapped students.
He said security officials, comprising the military, police and the Department of State Security operatives had swung into action and were on the trail of the abductors.
Masari further assured that government at federal and state levels were doing their best to bring an end to banditry and other debilitating 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.