..No Miyetti Allah Facilitated Rescue- Masari
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The Nigerian Army on Friday, December 18, stated that its troops effected the release of the over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina, abducted by bandits on December 11.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Nigerian Army spokesman, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who said the military has kept its promises of ensuring the rescue of the hostages.
The Nigerian Army in its statement on Friday, titled, ‘Troops of Operation Hadarin Daji rescue abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina,’ said,“Keeping to its promise to ensure the safe return of all abducted students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina State, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji rescued all 344 abducted students on Thursday 17 December 2020.
“The students were rescued on the heels of credible intelligence by our gallant troops, with a high degree of professionalism to ensure they were all rescued alive.”
“The Military High Command commends troops of Operation Hadarin Daji, including all security agencies for their dexterity. The general public who volunteered information is also hereby appreciated,” it added.
In another claim however, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Thursday, December 17, stated that the release of the abducted students of Government Science School in Kankara local government area of the state was made possible by the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
Masari made this disclosure to journalists, stating the students were at Tsafe, Zamfara State, and would be transported to Kankara on Friday.
The students were released by the armed bandits on Thursday after spending six days in captivity.
The role of Miyetti Allah in the release of the abducted students is expected to shore up the image of the association regarded by many as a terrorist organization over several clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
Masari said: “Alhamdulillah. The boys have been rescued and are now at Tsafe, Zamfara State. But, we shall be moving them to Kankara tomorrow (Friday).”
The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo, who also confirmed the development, said the students would be handed over to Katsina State government soon.
He, however, said the students were looking healthy, adding that none ọf them complained of any ailment.
Nagogo said: “The students are healthy but looking very tired; we will hand them over to their state as soon as possible.”