By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has disclosed the role repentant bandits played in securing the release of over 300 schoolboys abducted by bandits from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.
Shehu disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where he said no ransom was paid, but that repentant bandits were involved in negotiations with the abductors.
“All of the leading actors involved in the release of the children said no ransom was paid.
“The governor of Zamfara State, who had a policy of engagement with the bandits leading to the surrender and renouncement of bandits, used repentant bandits to gain access to those that were in the forest and they had them (schoolboys) released. All the leading actors in Zamfara and Katsina state said no ransom was paid,” he said.
The presidential spokesperson added that the rescue operation involved joint efforts of security agencies including the Nigerian Army, police among others whose roles were instrumental to the success of the operation.