Masari opens negotiation with schoolboy’s kidnappers


By Ismail Auwal

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Monday said that his government has opened discussions with the kidnappers who invaded Government Science Secondary School Kankara on Friday and abducted hundreds of students.

The report is coming out just a few hours after the Nigerian Defence Minister has promised to rescue all the boys from kidnappers in a few hours.

The governor made this revelation when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him about the situation of the kidnapped schoolboys.

During the meeting at the President’s private house in Daura, Governor Masari stated that the kidnappers had made contact and discussions are ongoing pertaining to the safe return of the students to their homes.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mal. Garba Shehu.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Daura, Katsina State, received a 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.

“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.”

President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently in Daura, is yet to visit the affected community three days after the unfortunate incident. However, Federal Government delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Retired Maj Gen Munguno, has visited the town.

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