Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Friday, disclosed that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, negotiated the release of the students of Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State.
Matawalle who spoke with Daily Nigerian noted that Katsina State Government secured their release through the help of MACBAN and repentant bandits.
He said, “nothing like Boko Haram in this abduction, the bandits did it.”
He added that the state government employed the service of Miyetti Allah leadership and some repentant bandits to establish contact with the abductors of the students before pleading for their release.
“When we established contact with them, I persuaded them to release them unharmed. And so they did tonight,” the governor reportedly said.
“This is not the first time we facilitated the release of our people without payment of ransom. Ask anybody, we don’t pay bandits a dime. What we do is to extend an olive branch to them because they also want to live in peace.”
“As I speak to you, they are on their way to Tsafe, from where they will come to Gusau and sleep. They will begin their journey to Katsina tomorrow morning.”
Recall that the state government confirmed the release of the schoolboys on Thursday.
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