Boko Haram Dares Buhari In Katsina
Abduct More Students
Over 300 Still Missing
Katsina state Governor, Aminu Masari, said 333 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara attacked by suspected Boko Haram bandits are yet to be found since Friday night.
Masari made the disclosure in Katsina State, yesterday when the Minister of Defence, Gen. Salihi Magashi (rtd.), led the service chiefs on a sympathy visit to the state over the incident.
The governor said, “The children so far kidnapped cut across the state because the boarding school houses all children from all parts of the state and some even from outside the state.
“It has a population of 839 and so far we are yet to account for 333 students. We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.
“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped.”
Masari said the bandits were yet to contact either the government or anybody on the abduction.
Meanwhile, there was a protest in Kastina State yesterday over the abduction of many students from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in the Kankara Local Government Area of the state,
The protesters led by a woman who identified herself as one of the mothers of the abducted students went around the school’s premises and some parts of the town with placards conveying various messages, among which are ‘Government must speak out’, ‘We want our children back’ and ‘We want security in Kankara’.
The protesters also chanted songs seeking the rescue of the abducted students.
Also a Coalition of Northern Groups has threatened to mobilise students and youths to go on protest in Katsina state if the abducted students were not rescued on time.
The chairman of the North-West zone of the group, Jamiu Aliyu who addressed a press conference in Katsina said, “We condemn in totality this barbaric act and call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the culprits, we equally stress the inability of the government to protect those young, innocent, vibrant students from this horrible attack as uncalled for”.
He said, “Failure of the government to rescue the missing students within the shortest period of time, CNG will not hesitate to mobilize hundreds of thousands on the streets of Katsina state for a continuous protest, until the students are fully rescued, even if it’s going to cost our lives.”