Just In: Kidnappers of Kankara students have contacted us – Gov. Masari
He made this known when he briefed President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura Local Government on Monday, December 14.
This was contained in a statement by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
It was titled, ‘Gov Masari Briefs President Buhari On Kidnapped School Children, Assures Of Steady Progress In Rescue Efforts’.
The statement partly read, “President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Daura, Katsina State, received more briefing on children kidnapped from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, with an assurance from Governor Aminu Bello Masari of steady progress to bring them out unharmed.
“The Governor, who was accompanied by the Deputy Governor of the state, Manir Yakubu, said the kidnappers had made contact and discussions were already on pertaining to safety and return to their homes.
“Governor Masari also noted that security agencies had located the position of the children.
“The Governor said the President was fully committed to the rescue of the school children, adding that it was only appropriate to visit the President and give him more details of rescue efforts.”
Bandits had stormed the school on Friday night and abducted the students after a gun duel with the police. The President had arrived in the state on Friday, hours before the abduction took place.
Since the incident occurred, there has been discrepancies over the actual number of students kidnapped in the school. While Governor Masari said 333 are missing, Presidential aide, Shehu Garba said “only 10” students are missing from the school.