- The military has explained how it succeeded in rescuing the Kankara schoolboys
- The forces troops were wise enough not to fire shots at a point in the operation
- The head of Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche said that this was because the bandits used the boys as shields in the forest
Details as to why bandits who abducted the Kankara schoolboys were not killed during the rescue operation on Friday, December 18.
During a conversation with journalists on Saturday, December 19, the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche, revealed that although the operation met with a lot of opposition from the criminals, the troops maintained restraint, Punch reports.
Enenche said that the rescue mission was following the strict order of the minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi, which was to safely rescue the boys.
On his part, Major-General Ahmed Jibrin, a special technical adviser to the minister, said that at a point when the bandits discovered that everywhere were surrounded both on land and in the air by troops, they used the kidnapped students as shields.
Jibrin added that the soldiers did not use firearms at this point to avoid any collateral damage.
“It is very delicate in the sense that if you do not manage the operation well, the children who are in-between you and the enemies will now become the victims.
“When they become the victims, the people outside there will attribute it to failure on the part of your security forces.’’
Meanwhile, the freed Kankara boys had narrated their ordeals in captivity just hours after they arrived at Government House in Katsina on Friday, December 18.
The boys who were escorted to meet Governor Bello Masari recounted their ugly experiences while still with their abductors.
One of the students who spoke with newsmen claimed that they were fed only once in two days, lamenting that he feels sick.
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