Katsina State (*17*) Aminu Masari has disclosed that 17 of the lacking schoolboys kidnapped from a Government Science Secondary School (GSSS) in Kankara Local Government Area of the state have escaped from captivity.
(*17*) Masari who disclosed this in an interview on Monday night mentioned the schoolboys had been discovered and have been reunited with their households.
He added that efforts have been intensified to rescue the remaining schoolboys nonetheless in captivity, safely.
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“As at today (Monday), information available to me shows that 17 of the missing children have been found. 15 of them were found around Dinya in Danmusa, I was informed by the DPO. One other was found through them and the last, the father called that his son has returned home.
“All these missing children who have been found have been reunited with their families since we have shut down the schools,” Masari mentioned.
He mentioned that the victims escaped unconditionally and one of many kidnapped kids’s father, who can be a instructor on the faculty was contacted by the captors who warned that safety forces ought to cease utilizing helicopters round their hideouts.
“I was told that they spoke with a teacher whose son was also kidnapped that the bandits said the helicopter should stop roving and that they will collect ransom but they didn’t specify. And so they ended the call.
“Majority of the missing children are in the forest in Zamfara. But God willing, the children will be returned safely,” the governor added.
He mentioned that the bandits nonetheless ordered that ample cash ought to be earmarked and budgeted by these involved pending the completion of the continuing rescue mission.
The governor, due to this fact, solicited prayers and urged the dad and mom to stay calm and affected person as “we are doing everything possible to rescue the children.”
On Friday night, gunmen attacked Government Science Secondary School within the Kankara council space of the north-west state, kidnapping scores of scholars.
Police authorities mentioned they acquired a report of the assault round 11:30 pm and had been informed the bandits had been armed with AK-47 rifles.
Initially, there have been conflicting figures as to the variety of college students kidnapped through the assault however two days after the incident – Sunday – (*17*) Masari confirmed that 333 schoolchildren had been lacking from the college.
“We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling through the numbers those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home,” he mentioned when he acquired a federal authorities delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.
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The assault prompted the Katsina State Government to order the closure of all boarding colleges within the state, a transfer aimed toward forestalling related prevalence.
Masari additionally on Monday informed President Muhammadu Buhari that the abductors have contacted the state authorities.
He defined that safety businesses had situated the place of the youngsters and expressed optimism that primarily based on efforts made up to now, “the outlook is positive.”