- Not less than 30 persons in Borno were kidnapped on Saturday, December 19
- The operation was carried out along the Damaturu/Maiduguri highway
- This is coming about one day after the Katsina state government secured the freedom of the Kankara schoolboys
Just one day after Kankara boys arrived in Katsina after spending about one week in Katsina, Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped another set of Nigerians in Borno.
The terrorists launched the attack on Saturday, December 19, along the Damaturu/Maiduguri highway in the state.
Eyewitnesses claimed that before the kidnap, the terrorists mounted checkpoints in Jakana and Auno towns, stopping vehicles and whisking away persons they deemed as targets in an operation that lasted over 30 minutes.
Among commercial drivers who witnessed the abduction is one who said:
“We stopped afar and noticed the boys moving people into the bush. We already close to the checkpoint when I saw one vehicle reverse with speed and warned us not to advance.
However, the development is yet to be confirmed by the police command in the state.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello Masari had denied claims that the Kankara students in Katsina were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists.
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.
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.
“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.”
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