- The Katsina state government has rescued not less than 103 abducted persons
- The governor of the state, Aminu Masari, stressed that no ransom was paid for the rescue of the captive
- Masari added that it took the effort of the DSS and the Air Force to rescue the victims
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Security forces have rescued 103 kidnapped victims in Katsina, the governor of the state, Aminu Masari, revealed on Friday, January 8.
The governor disclosed this as he spoke with rescued victims at Government House on Friday, The Nation reports.
Masari noted that this development is a continuation of the exercise that started with the recovery of the 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
He pointed out that the state government saw an opening and is working with some stakeholders to make sure that the captives are brought.
Speaking on the success of the rescue mission, he said:
“We have so far returned 103 of the kidnapped victims and the process is still ongoing. We are doing this as quietly as we can, to make sure that nobody is harmed and further kidnapping is stopped.
“So, we are doing this with the army, the police, Air Force and the Department of State Security. I can assure you that no ransom was paid to the kidnappers."
Meanwhile, the governor revealed that the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) was responsible for the release of the Kankara boys.
Governor Masari, however, denied claims that the state government paid a ransom in cash to secure the boys' freedom.
"We did not pay ransom to the kidnappers, it was purely negotiation.”
Speaking on how the abducted students were freed, the governor explained that the military, the police, his special senior adviser on security, Mallam Ibrahim Katsina, and the MACBAN were directly involved in the process.
“Those involved in the negotiation include my adviser, some top military and police operatives, members of Miyetti Allah; (they) where all involved in the negotiation.”
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