The Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on Tuesday disclosed that some unnamed people offered bandits money not to release the Jangede schoolgirls, while the state was in negotiation with the kidnappers.
Matawalle disclosed this when he was addressing the freed schoolgirls of the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, in Talata Mafara LGA of Zamfara State.
The Peoples Democratic Party Governor noted that he would soon disclose the mystery behind the abduction of the girls adding that those instigating criminals should be careful.
He added that he has reached out to security agencies including the police, DSS and army to discreetly investigate the matter.
“I didn’t sleep for four days. We worked hard for days to ensure the safe return of the girls to their families. We are using kinetic and non-kinetic approaches, and the non-kinetic is working for us. If not, we wouldn’t have successfully negotiated the release of these girls,” he said.
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed happiness over the release of the female students abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State last Friday.
Buhari in a statement released through his Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, said he was excited that their ordeal came to a happy end without any incident.