Richard Ginika Izuora
The Nigerian Army, on Monday, December 14, gave more information on the abduction of school children in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations (DMO), Major-General John Enenche, who spoke on Channels television programme, on Monday evening said the bandits moved the abducted students from their hostels using motorcycles.
“They were moved on the motorcycles they (gunmen) brought and after a short distance; some of them continued with the motorcycles, others dismounted.
“That is their usual characteristics – those abductors. It is the same system; the same approach they used. There was no evidence, no information about them using other modes of transport,” Enenchesaid.
Also, the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari revealed that the bandits have made contact with the state government.
The governor met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Daura, to give him an additional briefing on the development.
He also assured the president that there had been steady progress towards rescuing the students unharmed.
“We are making progress and the outlook is positive,’’ the governor told newsmen after an hour meeting with the president, which started at 2:00 p.m.
The governor, who was accompanied by the deputy governor of the state, Manir Yakubu, said the kidnappers had made contact; and also discussions were already on to rescue the students so that they could return to their homes.
Governor Masari also noted that security agencies had located the position of the children.
A statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) informed that the governor said the president was fully committed to the rescue of the school children; adding also that it was only appropriate to visit the president and give him more details of rescue efforts.