No contact with student kidnappers and others
Contrary to reports of contact with kidnappers of students and workers from the State College of Science, Kagara, Niger, Sunday Vanguard determined that the kidnappers had not been identified by government or non-state actors.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello said that consultations are underway between the government and some of the bandits with the aim of freeing the kidnapped.
He added that the negotiations are at the final stage.
This follows a visit by Sheikh Ahmad Gummi and some government officials to some of the bandits in the state.
But a source who was among those who visited the mobsters told the Sunday Vanguard that those who met with government officials in Gummi and Niger were not kidnappers of Kagara’s students and workers.
According to the source, the bandits only promised to help identify the kidnappers, who belonged to another group of bandits terrorizing the state.
According to the source, “no direct contacts have been established with the kidnappers of the Kagar students. We visited the bandits in the woods, but the people the Nigerians saw on TV were not responsible for the Kagar incident.
“They were kidnapped by another group and all were taken to the forest. The bandits only promised to help find them and establish contacts with the perpetrators. ”
No one saw the boys. Unlike the incident with Kankara, the security officials did not see the boys either. We may have to wait a little longer than the Kankara incident lasted.
The only thing is that these school-age children and their kidnappers were not tracked down by either the security personnel or the bandit leaders who were available for discussion with the sheikh and the government delegation.
“Another group of women, who were abducted while traveling on a luxury bus, were taken deep into a dense forest.
“The gang that holds them is said to refuse to contact intermediaries, including a visiting sheikh and sympathetic bandit leaders in the same forest.
“The notion that the schoolchildren will soon be rescued is largely based on the hope that the heads of the cooperative bandits will first be able to find them, and whether they can convince the kidnappers. It could be a long wait, perhaps longer than Kankara. “
On Wednesday, at least 42 people, including 27 students, were kidnapped when gunmen attacked the school.
Niger’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Muhammad Idris, who reported this, said the whereabouts of the three teachers were unknown.
According to him, 12 members of the teachers’ family were also kidnapped as a result of the attack.
Source: – Vanguard