By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to the Presidency, only ten students were abducted from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, and not 333 as stated by the State Governor, Aminu Masari.
The Presidency’s claim was made via its Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who was quoted by the BBC Hausa Service, in a bulletin on Sunday, as saying that only ten boys are with the bandits.
“The Government of Nigeria has said its security forces have surrounded the location where gunmen have kept schoolchildren abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State.
“Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu told the BBC only ten children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from the gunmen.
“The number is below figures released by school authorities at the beginning. Garba Shehu said the school children who escaped said 10 of their friends were still with their abductors.”
While receiving a Federal Government delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno Governor of Katsina State, Governor Aminu Masari had disclosed on Sunday that 333 students were missing, following an attack by armed bandits on Friday.