Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said the leadership of Miyetti Allah are the go-between in the ongoing negotiation for the release of abducted students of Government Secondary School, Kankara.
Several boarding students of the only boys’ school were kidnapped by bandits in conjunction with Boko Haram last Friday.
Three hundred and thirty-three pupils were as of Wednesday held in captive by their abductors in Zamfara forest, according to Masari, in an interview with Channels Television.
The governor also debunked claim that two of the pupils died in captivity adding that the leadership of Fulani pastoralists’ group, Miyetti Allah, was a key player in the ongoing negotiation between the bandits and government on the release of the abductees.
“I also interacted with the two students who also escaped later; they did not tell me any of the abducted students died or were killed. The news of the death was speculative. The number of students we have yet to account for is 334, although some students have gone to their parents directly.
“We are discussing through the leadership of MACABAN, Miyetti Allah, with those suspected to have carried out the abduction, and I had a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and heads of security agencies two or three hours ago,” he said.