Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has revealed that repentant bandits aided the release of the students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.
The Presidential aide on Tuesday morning on Channels TV Sunrise Daily noted that no ransom was paid for the release of the boys.
He disclosed that the troops of the Nigerian Army encircled the Zamfara forest where the schoolboys were held during negotiation.
“All of the leading actors involved in the release of the children said no ransom was paid.
“The governor of Zamfara State, who had a policy of engagement with the bandits leading to the surrender and renouncement of bandits, used repentant bandits to gain access to those that were in the forest and they had them (schoolboys) released. All the leading actors in Zamfara and Katsina state said no ransom was paid,” he said.
Recall that Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari, claimed that the 344 schoolboys were released six days after their abduction in a forest in Zamfara State.
Shehu while speaking on the development that led to the release of the schoolboys noted that the most important thing is that the boys have reunited with their parents.
He said, “In all of the things that played out, we must thank God for bringing these children out. Glory also belongs to the nation. I don’t see much conflict in all of these things.