Boko Haram has released an audio message claiming to have abducted students from Kankara Secondary School in Katsina State.
The 4:30 minute message from the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, came three days after the abduction of more than 500 students, sparking a nationwide outcry.
This comes at a time when the government of northern Nigeria’s Katsina State says the robbers who abducted the students of Dankara Science Secondary School have contacted the authorities and discussions are already underway on child safety and how to return them. have them home safe.
Governor Masari of Katsina also visited Daura to brief the President on the situation in connection with the search for the abducted students.
The governor also informed the president that security agencies had located the children in the hands of the attackers.
What do experts say about this topic?
Barrister Bulama Bukarti, a researcher on jihadist groups in West Africa, told the BBC that it was not surprising if Boko Haram’s claims were true given that in recent days Boko Haram has emerged. say they have infiltrated northwestern Nigeria.
“Boko Haram in recent months have come out and said they have washed the heads of the militants where they are working together,” the barrister said.
What is the situation of the students’ parents?
Meanwhile, the parents of the abducted students continue to urge the authorities to do everything possible to save their children, who have not been in a better situation since their abduction.
The father of two students told us that since the incident they have been in a state of shock “because every time your child is said to be missing you have to get into trouble, for it is better to say he died.”
He said the children’s mother was very upset even though they had left everything to God.
But one thing that stood out was the dispersal of the parents of the children who had gathered at the school by the security forces, by giving them old pepper spray, which some of the citizens condemned, including the PDP party which called the move as unfortunate. “Stay where you are and don’t cry,” the PDP said.
Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari, who visited the school on Saturday, ordered the closure of all boarding schools across the state.
He said police, army and security forces were working to find the students and rescue them.