*After Miyetti Allah’s intervention
*CNG wants service chiefs sacked
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
The abducted students of Government Science Boarding Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State, have, yesterday, regained freedom from their abductors.
The state governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, who briefed newsmen yesterday, confirmed the rescue of the students.
He said the students, numbering about 344, were rescued after negotiating with the bandits.
Masari said: “We refused to use force to save the abducted students, but after negotiating g with the bandits, they were later released.”
The governor said no ransom was paid to the bandits for the release of students.
Our correspondent learnt that already the abducted students have arrived Katsina Government House. The release of the students has eased tension in the state and brought relief to their parents The children were transported from the bush where the bandits kept and released them.
It could be recalled that the affected students were kidnapped by the bandits who attacked the school last Friday night.
Before achieving this breakthrough, our correspondent reports that the state government, in collaboration with security agents was doing everything possible to arrive to this point.
It was gathered that the government was contacting relevant stakeholders towards ensuring the safety rescue of the students.
The Triumph learnt that Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, a Fulani cultural organization, has also intervened to assist in this direction. The organization was at the centre of the peace dialogue between the state government and the bandits.
However, within two days of the attack, 17 students out of the above number already escaped from the hand of the bandits. A source close to the school told The Triumph in confidence earlier that the students would surely be rescued.
The sources dismissed claim by the Boko Haram that the group was responsible for the attack and abduction of the children.
“As far as we are concerned, the attack was carried out by the bandits that operated with the North-West region,” the source said.
What may also be attributed to the success achieved in rescuing the children was the effort by the people in the state to have embarked on prayers and fasting to seek God’s intervention for the rescue of the students
. The prayers and fasting followed a directive by Jama’atul Izalatul Bidiah Wa’Ikamatul Sunnah (JIBWIS). The chairman of JIBWIS in the state, Sheikh Yakubu Musa had directed that such prayers should hold in all Juma’at Mosques today in the state. Also, members of Transparency Advocacy Centre and Blind Association had similarly directed its members to embark on such prayers too, which they complied with.
The national coordinator of the centre, Comrade Kabir Shehu, stressed that prayers were the only weapon to use for the rescue of the abducted students.
Meanwhile, a Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) had assisted a lot as it kicked off campaign #BringBackOurBoys# in Katsina State as part of struggle to secure the release of the abducted students.
It was gathered that the coalition of the Northern group, which drawn its members from Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States, had earlier planned peaceful march from Katsina to Daura, but were not allowed by the police.
During the campaign, members of the group were carrying placards which read: “End Boko Haram End Banditry Now,” “Rebuild the North, Stop Destroying It” and “We want democracy not Dictatorship” among others. The group used the opportunity to call for immediate removal of service chiefs for failure to address insecurity problem in the nation.
Speaking at the occasion, the national coordinator of the group, Comrade Balarabe Rufai, said the level of insecurity facing the country had exposed the inability and incompetence of the present administration in the nation to continue ruling it.
He drew the attention of international community and the global democracy to the emerging threats to democracy in Nigeria. But the Special Adviser on Security Matters in Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad Katsina, told the group of the effort made by the state government to secure the release of the abducted students.
He however appealed to communities to assist the security agencies with intelligent information towards ending insecurity problem facing the country