Over 300 Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolboys Rescued, State Governor Says

The Nigerian military has rescued over 300 boys who were kidnapped last Dec. 11 at the Government Science Secondary School in northwestern Nigeria, Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari said on Dec. 14.

The Nigerian military has rescued over 300 boys who were kidnapped last Dec. 11 at the Government Science Secondary School in northwestern Nigeria, Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari said on Dec. 14.

“At the moment, 344 of the students have been handed over to security agents. I think we have recovered most of the boys, if not all of them. By tomorrow, we will get them medically examined, and then arrangements will be on the way to reunite them with their families,” Masari said in a televised interview with government-owned broadcaster Nigerian Television Authority.

Masari said that the government is “working with the police and also to engage private security firms to safeguard schools” to prevent the “ugly experience” from happening again.

The announcement of the rescue came hours after Boko Haram, a jihadist terrorist organization who claimed responsibility in a short audio recording last Dec. 15 for the kidnapping, released a video showing some of the kidnapped boys. The video had the logo of Boko Haram, and someone off camera claimed to be Abubakar Shekau, one of the group’s faction leader.

The video also showed a boy who relayed the demands of the terrorist group, asking the government to shut down schools that teach “western education.”

Masari confirmed to media company CNN that the boys in the video were some of the kidnapped students, but he said that the voice claiming to be Shekau were “local bandits” who were “mimicking his speech.”

According to President Muhammadu Bahari’s Spokesman Garba Shehu, the president called for patience as his administration “deals with the problems of security, economy and corruption.”

“We will deal with all that,” the president said in a statement.


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