Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has said that his government is still yet to account for 333 students of Government Secondary School Kankara who have been missing since Friday (December 11, 2020) when gunmen attacked the school.
He stated this when he hosted a strong delegation of the Federal Government led by the Minister of Defense, Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) who were in Katsina to sympathize with the government and people of Katsina State.
The delegation which also comprised of the National Security Adviser, Chief Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police and host of others were also in the State to intensify efforts to rescue the abducted students.
The kidnapped of hundreds of students of Government Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina State has forced strong delegation of Federal Government and Service Chiefs to Katsina state to intensify efforts in the serch for the still missing 333 students.
Speaking during the visit, the Governor appreciated the top ranking delegation, stating that out of a total of 839 students of the school, the government is yet to account for 333 pupils who are still lost.
He also stated that the abducted children are from across the State and some from even outside the State.
“It has the population of 839, and so far we are yet to account for 333 pupils and we are still counting because more are still coming out of the forest. We are calling parents of the children to find out whether their children have returned, because we discovered that so many them had also returned to their Local Government. But based on the records we have, we are still serching for 333 students.
“As government, we are yet to be contacted by any group or person of the whereabouts of the children kidnapped yesterday.”
Earlier, the Minister of Defense, Gen. Bashir Magashi, sympathised with the Governor, assuring him that the armed forces will move as fast as possible to get the missing students and reunite them with their families.
According to him, “we must move very fast to ensure that these students are rescued.
“We are doing this on the belief that if these people are allowed for a moment, we also equally condoling this kind of activities.
“In conclusion, within the arm of security, it is high time that we declare this kind of people as terrorists. If we do that probably people will now sit up, because once you are a terror and don’t have any regards for life.”