On Wednesday, Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State reacted to a claim by the Boko Haram terrorist group on the kidnap of schoolchildren in Kankara, insisting that the boys were abducted by bandits.
Shekau, the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect had in a voice message claimed responsibility for the attack a few days after the incident at Government Science Secondary School, Kankara that led to the missing of over three hundred and thirty-three students.
The voice said, “I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina.”
However, governor Masari has continued to refute the claim and said the schoolchildren were abducted by local bandits who are “known to all of us.”
“From the information available to us, this was conducted, executed by local bandits that are known to all of us,” he said on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
“These are bandits that are roaming the forests of Zamfara and parts of Kaduna State. So far, this is the information we have. Whatever role any other terrorist group must have played, we are yet to confirm it.”
He added that he is not ruling out roles played by terrorist groups in the abduction of students but at this point, “So far, we are yet to see the linkage”, the governor said.
“But with regards to this abduction, we have not seen any direct involvement of Boko Haram or ISWAP, ” the governor of the north-western state added, five days after the abduction.
The 77-year-old equally stated that none of the missing students is dead, quashing fears about the safety of the boys.
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