Governor of North-Western Nigeria State, Katsina, Aminu Masari, during an interview which aired on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) on Thursday night (December 17, 2020), confirmed that 340 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara who were abducted last week Friday, December 11, 2020, by gunmen have been released and were headed back to the state from Zamfara where they had been held, hostage.
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Governor Masari revealed that they were released after negotiation with their abductors as the government avoided the use of the military force to prevent collateral damage.
Mr Abdul Labaran, the Director-General, Media to the Governor, also confirmed the release of the boys.
‘Yes, the students have been released by their abductors. 340 of them are currently being transported from Zamfara forest to Katsina State Government House this night (Thursday).’
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It will be recalled that earlier on Thursday, December 17, protesters marched through the streets of Katsina demanding government’s action towards securing the release of the boys under the banner #BringBackOurBoys. The protest would receive a huge boast online as it trended on Twitter, similar to what happened in 2014 when over 200 schoolgirls were abducted in Chibok.
Reacting to the news, President Muhammadu Buhari in a tweet welcomed the release of the boys and reemphasized his government’s commitment towards security of lives and properties.
‘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…Our administration is fully aware of the responsibility we have to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians. I ask Nigerians to be patient and fair to us as we deal with the challenges of security, the economy, and corruption. We will not relent.’
President Muhammadu Buhari
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