The state governor of Katsina, Aminu Masari, denied claims that two of the abducted students of Kankara State’s Government Science Secondary School had died in the state.
One of the boys who escaped from the bandits was confirmed to have shared the story of two of his classmates dying in the hands of their abductors who raided their school on Friday night, December 11, and kidnapped over 300 of them.
Nevertheless, speaking in an interview on TV channels on Wednesday, December 16, Governor Masari said the students abducted were alive.
The children are alive and we have not been told that anyone has fallen ill. So we presume all is all right with the kids.
At least two of the students who fled on Saturday were in contact with me. I was in touch on Monday, too with two of them coming back.
None of the four who were reunited with their families reported that any of the students had died; Governor Masari said.
When asked who was responsible for the abduction of the students, the governor said that the bandits were responsible for the incident, based on safety reports at his disposal.
This abduction was carried out from the records we have and from the knowledge available to us, executed by the local bandits that are known to us all. I am not discountenancing either ISWAP or Boko Haram indirectly working with the bandits for any international (connivance).
There have been signs for more than a year that some of the elements of the bandits have made touch with some of the elements of Boko Haram, he said.