By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – According to Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, Secretary to Katsina State Government, no ransome was paid by the state government for the release of the abducted 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
Inuwa made this known via an interview with newsmen in Katsina on Tuesday, where he said that despite the challenges encountered during negotiations for the release of the abducted boys, money did not change hands, adding that the state government’s multifaceted approach led to the release of the boys.
In his words, “Contrary to speculations in some quarters that the government paid N1 million to rescue each student, the government did not pay any money.
“Although, the process was difficult and hectic, we ensured that no casualty was recorded during the operations, we are happy that they returned safely and were reunited with their families.”
Recall that 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State were kidnapped from their hostel by armed bandits on Dec. 11, 2020, but were released after one week in captivity.