Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has revealed that he withdrew his son, Abubakar, from a public school because bandits were targeting him for abduction.
In September 2019, el-Rufai enrolled Abubakar, who was six years old then, as a primary one pupil of Kaduna Capital school.
According to the governor, his decision to send Abubakar to a public school was a way of showing his commitment to fixing public education and raising the standards.
It was later reported that el-Rufai withdrew his son from the school.
But speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin, el-Rufai said it is not only Abubakar but one of his daughters was also enrolled at the school when she clocked six years old.
The governor said he had to “temporarily withdraw” his children from the school on the advice of security agencies after they received intel that the children were being targeted by bandits.
He said though he was confident about the ability of the school’s security team, he withdrew his children so they would not pose danger to other pupils in the school.
He also said at least three groups of bandits who had planned to infiltrate the school and kidnap Abubakar over his (el-Rufai’s) stand on non-payment of ransom have been intercepted.
“My son and my daughter were registered in the school because his sister became six and we had to register her.
“But we have had to temporarily withdraw them for the security of the school because we intercepted at least two groups that are planning to attack the school to kidnap my son.
“I don’t think they will succeed because there will be enough security there to prevent it but other children may be placed in danger.
“We have no idea what weapons they will come with. I have taken a stand against paying bandits and at least three groups of bandits have been intercepted planning to go to Kaduna Capital school and kidnap my son and ‘see if they catch my son, I go say I no go pay ransom?” the governor said.
El-Rufai said Abubakar is currently being tutored at home. He, however, added that his son will take his examinations at Kaduna Capital school.