Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has confirmed that three hundred and thirty-three students were abducted from their dormitories on Friday night by so-called bandits, who attacked Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina.
The governor said this on Sunday when he received a Federal Government delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.
President Muhammadu Buhari is from Katsina and was around for a week long private visit when the bandits struck. He is still in Daura.
The governo,r who explained that the school has a population of 839 students said so far, those kidnapped cut across the state with the boarding school housing all children from all parts of the state and outside the state.
He said, “Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped.
“We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling through the numbers those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.
“We as a government we are yet to be contacted by any group or person responsible for the kidnap of the students.”
The leader of the delegation and Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi, urged the armed forces, the police and other security agencies to move faster to ensure that the speedy rescue of the students.
“Within the next few hours, we will ensure that these people are back without any collateral damage to the people of Katsina State.
“All hands are on deck to ensure we accomplish our tasks within the armed forces and the police,” Magashi assured.