Details On How Kankara schoolboys got freed without ransom

The governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has revealed in an interview with DAILY NIGERIAN how he facilitated the release of 344 schoolboys of Senior Secondary School, Kankara without payment of ransom.
The schoolboys were abducted by suspected bandits from their school in Kankara town last Friday, MICNAIJ has reported.
Earlier today, in a propaganda by , coming two days after they claimed responsibility of the attack, put the number at 524, with the Katsina State Government insisting that only 344 were held by the abductors.
Gov. Matawalle told the paper he used repentant bandits and leadership of Miyetti Allah to identify the syndicate that led the abduction, and then started the negotiation process.
“When we established contact with them, I persuaded them to release them unharmed. And so they did tonight. This is not the first time we facilitated the release of our people without payment of ransom.
“Ask anybody, we don’t pay bandits a dime. What we do is to extend olive branch to them because they also want to live in peace.
“As I speak to you, they are still on their way to Tsafe, from where they will come to Gusau and sleep. They will begin their journey to Katsina tomorrow morning,” the paper quoted the governor.
On the claim that Boko Haram was behind the abduction, Mr. Matawalle said it was untrue.
“Nothing like Boko Haram in this. The bandits did it,” said the governor.
The governor noted that dialogue is the solution to banditry in the North. ‘If all the governors will sit to address this problem by adopting dialogue, banditry will reduce to barest minimum.
‘I can tell you security agents are really trying. When you remove political interference from their operations, you can get the results,’ the governor said.

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