A moment ago, reliable government sources told the Daily Trust, hundreds of the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State were released.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of the state told reporters that 344 boys were released.
The school register revealed, however, that over 500 were missing.
“The boys are on their way from the point of exchange to Katsina, in the company of security operatives, negotiators and other stakeholders,” one of the sources added.
After “rigorous” talks between governments at the national and state level on the one hand and the abductors, on the other hand, several sources in Katsina and Abuja said the schoolboys were released today.
Whether the ransom was paid to ensure the release of the boys is not clear.
A video of the students was released on Thursday afternoon by the Boko Haram group loyal to Abubakar Shekau, which claimed responsibility for the abduction.
The students, seen in the woods, called on the federal government not to rescue them by using intimidation.
On Friday December 11, the students were led away from their hostels. Few of them have escaped so far.