Boko Haram claims responsibility for the abduction of students in Katsina school

Boko Haram claims responsibility for the abduction of students in Katsina school

- More revelations have trailed the abductions of students from a secondary school in Kankara, Katsina state

- A reported message from Boko Haram reveals the intention of those behind the attack

- A factional leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, justifies the attack which has attracted widespread condemnation

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Days after the abduction of students from a government-owned secondary school in Kankara, Katsina state, the Boko Haram group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to Daily Trust, the factional leader of the insurgents, Abubakar Shekau in a video message first published by HumAngle stated the two reasons why the abductions were carried out.

Boko Haram claims responsibility for the abduction of students in Katsina school
The Kankara school where the reported attack occurred. Photo: Daily Nigerian, Guardian
Source: UGC

The report stated that the wanted insurgent claimed the raid on the school was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices.

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He said:

“What happened in Katsina was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices as Western education is not the type of education permitted by Allah and his Holy Prophet."

Shekau was reported to have criticised the teaching of the school, saying they are not teaching what Allah and his Holy Prophet commanded.

The wanted insurgent stated that:

"They are rather destroying Islam. It may be subtle, but Allah the Lord of the skies and earths knows whatever is hidden. May Allah promote Islam. May we die as Muslims."

In a related report, Bello Masari, the Katsina state governor, has given fresh details about the abducted students in Kankara local government area of the state.

Channels TV reported that the governor on Monday, December 14, told President Muhammadu Buhari that the abductors of students have contacted them.

He said the kidnappers had made contact, adding that discussions were already on pertaining to safety and return to their homes.

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Meanwhile, an attack by suspected bandits in northern Nigeria has reportedly resulted in the abduction of about 19 people.

The latest incident reportedly occurred in Ogu and Tegina communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state. A government official who spoke anonymously to the Nigerian Tribune confirmed the attack.

He told the newspaper that residents in the affected community informed him via a telephone that bandits invaded Tegina community on Sunday morning, December 13.

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