Kankara: 10 Schoolboys, Not 333 In Captivity – Presidency Disagrees With Masari
The Presidency on Sunday said only 10 boys were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
This is in total contradiction with what Governor Aminu Masari revealed earlier. The Katsina state governor had said 333 boys were still missing.
According to the BBC Hausa, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said only 10 boys are with the bandits.
The BBC Hausa bulletin read, “The Government of Nigeria has said its security forces have surrounded the location where gunmen have kept schoolchildren abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State.
“Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu, told the BBC only 10 children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from the gunmen. The number is below figures released by school authorities at the beginning. Garba Shehu said the school children who escaped said 10 of their friends were still with their abductors.”
Masari, while receiving a federal government delegation, claimed that 333 students went missing after the attack.
He said a search was underway in the bush to find the students who were thought to have been abducted by gunmen.
The governor said, “Out of a total of 839 students, we are currently investigating the whereabouts of 333 students. We are still in the process of finding out their whereabouts, and we are calling on parents to call and let us know when they return home.
“A total of 333 students are still missing, we are exploring the forests, and we are looking for the parents of the students to establish the number of students who fled home and find out how many students have been abducted.”