Following the abduction of over 300 Students in Government Secondary School, Kankara, Aminu Masari, Governor of Katsina State, has revealed that 17 more students have been found and reunited with their parents.
He told the Hausa Service of Radio Deutsche Welle (DW), a German-owned broadcast station yesterday.
The Governor said, ‘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 (LGA). 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 found have been reunited with their families since we have shut down schools.’
‘Majority of the students were in the forest in Zamfara. Efforts are on for their rescue.’
Governor Aminu Masari engaged the media after he had briefed President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura on the steps taken so far to rescue the abducted students.
Meanwhile, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect has already claimed responsibility for this shocking incident. Shekau made this known in a 4:28 minute long recording released in the early hours of today. The leader of the terror group said that the boys were kidnapped to discourage western education in the area.
‘What happened in Katsina was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices as Western education is not the type of education permitted by Allah and his Holy Prophet,’ Shekau said.
He asserted that ‘The school is not teaching what Allah and his Holy Prophet commanded. They are rather destroying Islam.’