DHQ promises safe rescue of abducted schoolboys

DHQ promises safe rescue of abducted schoolboys

The Defence Headquarters says the military and other security agencies are reviewing operations to ensure safe rescue of the students who were abducted from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

 

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, gave the assurance, while giving update on the military operations across the country on Wednesday in Abuja.

 

Enenche said that the military had taken all the necessary briefs from the operating agencies and the government of Katsina State on the condition of the abducted students.

 

He said that the major concern of the security agencies was to ensure the safety of the children, while carrying out any operation to rescue them.

 

On the state government’s negotiation with the abductors, Enenche said that the military had no business with negotiations, adding, however, that it was within the powers of the governor to negotiate.

 

He said that while the state government was playing its part, the security agencies were committed to the safe rescue of the children.

 

Enenche said that some abductees were still with the bandits, based on information from the state government and the school authorities.

 

“Nobody is dead, we have not received any report that anybody is dead from the information that we have; we are monitoring the situation and then, the troops are on guard as it were.

 

“They have started patrolling the whole of that area but I will not give you the specifics, so as to ensure that the boys are intact and that we rescue them alive,” he said.

 

Enenche also dismissed the reported claim by the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, that the school children were abducted by his men, saying that it was the usual propagandist gimmick of the terrorist group.

 

He said that the military had continued to record successes against terrorists in the north-eastern part of the country and bandits in the north-western part, with heavy casualties on the terrorists’ side in the last two weeks.

 

The coordinator said that the military would sustain the tempo of its operations across the theatres of operations.

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