By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Katsina state government yesterday said 340 Kankara Secondary School students that were kidnapped last week have been rescued.
The government said the students were successfully rescued on Thursday night.
The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa,
confirmed the rescue to BBC Hausa service.
He said the children were being transported to Katsina from the
neighboring town of Tsafe in Zamfara State.
He added that they would be received in Katsina Friday night under the
escort of security personnel.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari would meet with them in Katsina today.
It was gathered that the journey from Tsafe in Zamfara state to
Katsina is about 213 kilometers and might take about three hours due
to poor road conditions. The distance from Tsafe to Kankara where the
students were taken is 83 km.
Gunmen stormed the boarding school in Kankara last week Friday and
abducted about 400 children.
Four days later, Boko Haram terrorist leader Abubakar Shekau issued a
statement claiming his group abducted the students.
Before the announcement of the student’s release yesterday, Boko Haram
had released a video of the students, claiming they were still with
In the video, one of the students was urging the Nigerian government
to withdraw its troops, saying “nothing can harm them.”