A criminal gang leader behind the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolchildren in northwest Katsina state in December has surrendered to authorities in an amnesty deal, officials said on Tuesday.
The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has revealed that the state government has so far received 304 kidnapped victims from bandits’ captivity.
Less than 48-hours after the release of 344 schoolboys of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in northwestern Katsina state from their abductors, ARISE News understands gunmen on Saturday night abducted 80 students of Islamiyya schools and four others in Mahuta town, Dandume LGA, of the state.The Islamic students were on their way back home after they attended a maulid procession (in remembrance of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday) at Unguwar Al-Kasim, a nearby village. But the police the police says they have now been rescued.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Saturday told President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over the state of insecurity in the country.
President Buhari has condemned the bandits’ attack at the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State in the early hours of Saturday.
At least 4,250 primary and secondary schools teachers have been recruited by the Katsina State Government from 2015 to date.
As ground troops of Operation Sahel Sanity with close air support intensify effort to decimate bandits in North West region, two notorious leaders of bandits from Safana LGA of Katsina State has repented and surrendered to the State Police Command.