The bandits who abducted the students of Government Science Secondary School in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State have released them according to several reports.
The students had been in the kidnappers’ den for six days after gunmen who came on motorbikes had last Friday, invaded the school’s premises around 11 pm shooting sporadically into the air, the operation led to the disappearance of over 300 students of the school.
Boko Haram had on Tuesday immediately claimed full responsibility for the attack.
“They are on their way to Katsina, the military finalized the negotiations with them, they will be received by the governor anytime from now,” a source confirmed the release.
When contacted, Abdu Labaran, Director General of Media to Governor Masari said, “I can’t say yes or no, but we have gone beyond discussions with the bandits for now. We are expecting the governor to address a world press conference soon.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the release of the kidnapped students as a big relief to their families, the entire country, and the international community.
The President took to his Twitter account to express the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all involved to make their release possible.
President Buhari specifically cited what he called the “spirit of partnership and the collaborative efforts of the government of Katsina, Zamfara and military leading to the release.”
He appreciated the nation’s intelligence agencies, the military, and the police force for providing the environment for the safe release of the hostages.
I welcome the release of the kidnapped students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara. This is a huge relief to the entire country & international community. The entire country is grateful to Governor Masari, the Intelligence Agencies, the Military and the Police Force.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 17, 2020