The Boko Haram terrorist group has released video evidence that the kidnapped students from Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State are in its custody.
The video footage was released on Thursday, 17th December showing some of the students in the background and their captors are willing to negotiate with the government for their release.
As seen in the six minutes, thirty seconds video, the students are alive but look distraught and covered in dust in what appears to be a forest area.
One of the students who spoke in the video, the government should not use force or the military to try and rescue them but should negotiate with their abductors.
Also, as part of their demands, they want all kinds of schools excluding Quranic schools to be shut down.
Earlier, the Boko Haram terrorist group loyal to Abubakar Shekau had taken responsibility for the abduction which happened on Friday 11th December at the school premises but the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari later said local bandits, not Boko Haram were responsible for the abduction.
Below is the video of the students in captivity as obtained from Hum Angle.
“Please, you have to dissolve any gang of vigilantes, close any kind of schools, excluding Islamiyyah [Qur’anic schools]. All the troops who have come here to help us, please send them back,” one of the abducted schoolboys pleaded in the released video. pic.twitter.com/QbHCTpQ6cJ
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Speaking further, one of the boys in the video disclosed that they were 520 that were kidnapped but some of them have been killed after the government sent security operatives after their abductors.
A voice behind the camera could be heard telling the boys in the video what to say even as another member of the terrorist group was seen wearing military uniform and bearing a gun.
The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau also spoke at the end of the video where he again countered claims by the government that his group wasn’t responsible for the abduction of the boys.
He said: “Even if I didn’t say anything, here are my people speaking and here are your boys speaking too.“
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