Kankara abduction: Kidnap done by bandits, not Boko Haram, says Masari

Kankara abduction: Kidnap done by bandits, not Boko Haram, says Masari

- The Katsina state government is at odds with claims that Boko Haram terrorists are responsible for the kidnap of Kankara students

- Governor Bello Masari has said that this report is not exactly true

- The governor insisted that the abduction was carried out by local bandits

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Governor Bello Masari has denied claims that the Kankara students in Katsina were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.

The leader of the insurgent group, Abubakar Shekau, had claimed that terrorists were responsible for the kidnap of the boys as a way of further driving home the rejection of Western education, The Cable reports.

Governor Masari told journalists on Wednesday, December 16, that based on available information, the students were abducted by local bandits who mainly reside in Zamfara and stretch their domain to Katsina.

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Kankara abduction: Kidnap done by bandits, not Boko Haram, says Masari
Governor Masari believes that the Kankara boys were kidnapped by bandits, not Boko Haram insurgents (Photo: @GovernorMasari)
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However, the governor clarified that he is not by this position overruling the possibility that bandits in the state have contacts with insurgents both locally and internationally.

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He said:

“I’m not absolutely discounting any foreign, either ISWAP or Boko Haram, indirectly working with the bandits.
“With regards to this abduction, we have not seen yet any direct involvement of Boko Haram or ISWAP. However, we are watching the development.
“We are seeing through the evidence that we have; we are going through the tracking system that we have in place to find out if there is any linkage.”

Meanwhile, the Boko Haram group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Shekau in a video message first published by HumAngle stated the two reasons why the abductions were carried out.

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

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.

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