- The 344 released Kankara schoolboys are meeting with President Buhari after about one week of being in captivity
- The personal assistant on new media to the president, Bashir Ahmad had earlier made the announcement
- The rescued students had arrived in Kastina amidst tight security in the morning of Friday, December 18
A report by The Cable indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the 344 kidnapped students of the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina state.
Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad on Friday, December 18, had revealed that the Nigerian leader will receive the rescued schoolboys this afternoon.
In the video, President Buhari was seen addressing the students in Hausa language. He received the boys in company with the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and other government officials.
Buhari who is completing a week-long visit to his country home, Daura, Katsina state, described the return of the boys as a big relief to their families and the entire country.
The president had on Thursday, December 17, disclosed that the state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the Nigerian Amy worked extremely hard to secure the release of the students.
While expressing the nation’s appreciation for the steps taken by all those involved to make their freedom possible, Buhari commended the security agencies for providing the environment for the safe release of the hostages.
Legit.ng recalls that President Buhari expressed delight over the rescue of the students who were abducted from their school in Kankara on Friday, December 11.
The presidency on Thursday released photos of the moment the Nigerian leader was told about the success of the rescue operation.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the schoolboys who were abducted from a government-owned secondary school regained their freedom on Thursday, December 17.
The special assistant to the president on social media, Lauretta Onachie, had said the government of Katsina state announced the release of the students.
The personal assistant to the president on new media in a tweet also confirmed the rescue of the students.
The schoolboys finally arrived in Katsina state as they were escorted by security operatives to the state capital on Friday, December 18. Reliable reports claim that some of the students were in their school uniforms.
In a related development, Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, has revealed how he facilitated the release of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara without payment of ransom.
Matawalle said he used repentant bandits and the leadership of Miyetti Allah to identify the syndicate that led the abduction, and then started the negotiation process.
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