Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday condemned the abduction of schoolboys from a school in central Nigeria and ordered a rescue operation, said his office.
“The President has directed the Armed Forces and Police, to ensure immediate and safe return of all the captives,” said presidential spokesman Garba Shehu in a statement.
According to the statement, the number of students and staff abducted from the school in Kagara, Niger state, is still unknown.
Gunmen belonging to criminal gangs are believed to be behind the attack that took place late on Tuesday.
Buhari was elected in 2015 on promises to crush a bloody jihadist insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria, but his armed forces have struggled against the militants as well as worsening security across the country.
Only two months ago, more than 300 students were abducted in nearby Katsina state.
The boys were later released but the incident sparked global outrage.