By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
The students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, abducted last Friday by suspected bandits, have reportedly regained freedom.
The release of the students was confirmed by a Special Adviser to the Katsina Governor, Ibrahim Katsina.
Katsina said the students were freed on Thursday at Tsafe (82.5km via road) from Kankara town in Katsina State where they were abducted.
Earlier on Wednesday, Governor Bello Masari of Katsina said the abducted students were taken to a forest in Zamfara State.
He, however, refuted the allegation that the students were kidnapped by Boko Haram.
The confirmation follows the reports that had emerged Thursday afternoon of a top Katsina government official disclosing to a section of the media that all the students are alive and will be reunited with their parents today.
The abduction had taken place some hours after President Muhammadu Buhari arrived his hometown, Daura, Katsina for a week-long private visit last Friday.
The leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, had released a video claiming responsibility for the abduction.
The Defence Headquarters had, however, discredited the claim, insisting the act was carried out by bandits.
It was gathered that security operatives secured the release of all the boys on Thursday.
It was also gathered that the security operatives escorted the students to the state capital, Katsina, where they will be received by the Governor, Aminu Masari.
The development follows a video released by the Boko Haram sect, and made public on Thursday by HumAngle, showing some boys suspected to be the abducted students.
The six minutes and 30 seconds long video featured speeches from Shekau and a teenager suspected to be one of the abducted schoolboys.
Scores of other boys could be seen behind him, all covered in dust and appearing to be within a forest area.
More details later...