Mustapha Inuwa, Secretary to the State Government of Katsina says no ransom was paid by the government to secure the release of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara abducted on December 11, 2020.
Inuwa stated this on Tuesday in Katsina, the state capital while addressing journalists on the security challenges facing the state.
He lamented that “ though the process was very difficult but no ransom paid for their release”.
“The state government deployed a multi-facet approach in effecting the release of the boys, Inuwa said, adding that “in doing this, we ensured that no casualty was recorded”.
He also noted that security agencies should try “to block their (bandits) sources of firearms which he noted come from Niger Republic.
“It is very clear that most of the arms these bandits are using come from Niger Republic.”
“ So it is the responsibility of the federal agencies, especially the intelligence unit, to look at ways of how these things are coming and block it. If you allow this proliferation of arms , this issue will never end ”
The SSG is the Head of the Amnesty Committee constituted by the state government two years ago.
The program was suspended after the state government realized that the bandits kept attacking and kidnapping people in the state.
He commended the efforts of the Federal Government through the police and other security agencies towards ensuring the release of the schoolboys.