Why we didn’t kill Katsina schoolboys’ abductors –Army
The Nigerian army on Saturday made some disclosures on the way it carried out the rescue operation of the 344 boys kidnapped from their college in Kankara, Katsina State, on December 11.
The army disclosed that whereas kinetic and non-kinetic approaches had been used to make sure that all of the boys had been rescued unharmed, there was resistance from the abductors who laid an ambush for the troops.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, and a former Director, Army Intelligence, Maj.Gen. Ahmed Jibrin (retd,), gave the accounts on Saturday after they featured on a particular version of the Nigerian Tv Authority programme, “Good Morning Nigeria.”
The Information Company of Nigeria recognized Jibrin because the Particular Technical Adviser to the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.).
Jibrin stated following the kidnapping of the boys, the minister led a delegation, together with the Service Chiefs and the Nationwide Safety Adviser, to Katsina and Kankara.
He stated the minister gave the principles of engagement, directing the troops to make sure that the kidnapped boys had been rescued with out casualties and throughout the shortest time potential.
He stated, “Following the directive, the troops closed in on the abductors from 4 totally different fronts, together with the reinforcement that was constituted of different divisions, to make sure that your complete location was sealed off.
“The bandits had been all underneath siege they usually had been totally conscious of that, feeling the impacts of the presence of the troops each from the air and on the bottom.
“After they approached the situation the place the boys had been held, the troops encountered some pockets of opposition which they cleared and moved deeper into the forest.
“Though there was no casualty on the a part of the boys, plenty of the bandits had been neutralised as a result of within the try by the army to maneuver ahead, they laid ambush in two locations alongside the way in which.
“In truth, within the second place the place they laid ambush, there was critical resistance as a result of they had been hiding and had occupied the highway.
“They delayed the motion of the troops for some hours earlier than they had been neutralised.”
Jibrin stated whereas the troops had been on the sector, negotiations had been ongoing at one other stage of the rescue efforts.
He stated the troops couldn’t fully demobilise the bandits due to potential collateral injury because the kidnapped boys had been used as human shields.
On the declare by the Boko Haram terrorists that they had been chargeable for the kidnapping, Jibrin stated the group was solely searching for low-cost relevance.
“(Abubakar) Shekau doesn’t have the attain to hold out the kidnapping as a result of lots is being achieved to cease them within the North-East.
“He’s simply benefiting from what occurred to get publicity domestically and internationally; it’s clear that the kidnapping was achieved by bandits.
“All their efforts after they had been attempting to achieve out to the bandits, which they did, had been monitored,’’ he stated.
On his half, Enenche stated the rescue mission, like another one, was a fragile operation as a result of if it was not carried out very professionally, the tide may flip negatively.
“That is an operation the place you don’t depend on your capability on platforms and mechanical weapons however your capability to successfully perform the mission with unarmed fight.
“This implies it’s important to silence your enemies and take your goal away with out firing a shot.
“It is extremely delicate within the sense that if you don’t handle the operation effectively, the youngsters who’re in-between you and the enemies will now turn out to be the victims.
“After they turn out to be the victims, the individuals exterior there’ll attribute it to failure on the a part of your safety forces,’’ he stated.
Rescued schoolboys reunite with mother and father
The 344 pupils of Authorities Science Secondary College, Kankara, Katsina State, who had been rescued from bandits on Thursday have been reunited with their households.
Whereas a few of them had been reunited with their households and even left for his or her particular person properties on Friday, the remaining left Katsina with their numerous households on Saturday morning.
It was learnt that shortly after the President, Muhammadu Buhari, met the freed college students on Friday night, a medical group was drafted to the Hajj camp alongside Daura Highway the place the pupils had been lodged and carried out a medical examination on them.
Scores of oldsters had been additionally on the Hajj camp the place they had been pleading to be reunited with their kids and allowed to have custody of them.
Pupils who had been licensed match on Friday had been reunited with their households they usually had been allowed to depart Katsina that night.
The remaining pupils had been handed over to their respective households on Saturday morning after they had been additionally licensed medically match.
Governor Aminu Masari’s Particular Adviser on Safety, Mallam Ibrahim Katsina, confirmed the event.
He stated, “Sure, all the scholars have rejoined their households after they had been licensed to be medically match. Some left on Friday whereas some left on Saturday morning.’’
One of many freed pupils, Farouq Aminu, and his father, Mallam Aminu Dayyabu, additionally confirmed the event.
“My father and I left Katsina on Friday night and we arrived dwelling (Bakori) round 10 at night time. I thank the federal government for our rescue,” the pupil stated.
We’re sorry, APC tells Kankara pupils
In the meantime, the ruling All Progressives Congress has tendered an apology to the pupils for the trauma they had been subjected to throughout their six days in captivity.
This was contained in an announcement titled, ‘APC welcomes launch, commends safety brokers and calls for pre-emptive measures towards reoccurrence,” which was signed by the Chairman, Caretaker/ Extraordinary Nationwide Conference Planning Committee of the social gathering, Mai Mala Buni, in Abuja, on Saturday.
“The social gathering apologises to the pupils and vows that President Buhari and the social gathering will do all it takes to make it possible for they proceed to check in a protected surroundings,” Buni stated.
The APC stated it had little question within the capability of the nation’s safety businesses to ship on their mandates as soon as they had been effectively motivated.
Tinubu lauds Buhari, Masari
Additionally, the Nationwide Chief, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, congratulated Buhari on the rescue of the Kankara schoolboys.
Tinubu, in an announcement on Saturday by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, confused the necessity for upgrading the nation’s safety infrastructure, saying there could possibly be no improvement in a local weather of concern and insecurity.
The previous Lagos governor additionally counseled Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State and the armed forces for working tirelessly to safe the discharge of the schoolboys.
“The fast launch of the schoolboys from their abductors has vindicated the President in his untiring efforts to rid the nation of insecurity and see the again of bandits and insurgents within the land,” Tinubu stated.
Schoolchildren kidnapping now a brand new cultural enterprise in Nigeria – Soyinka
Equally, Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has expressed gratitude over the discharge of the kidnapped schoolboys.
The celebrated author, who spoke through the public presentation of Dr Nike Okundaye’s biography written by Kofo Adeleke, on Victoria Island, Lagos, decried how schoolchildren’s kidnapping appear to have turn out to be a brand new cultural enterprise in Nigeria.
Soyinka stated, “So, let me say how delighted I’m to be right here immediately, a number of the icing on the cake of the previous few days, which have been very traumatic for us, Nigerians, and for humanity normally, you already know the kidnapping of schoolchildren which appears to turn out to be a Nigerian tradition as a brand new cultural enterprise in Nigeria however I suppose as they are saying, all is effectively that ends effectively, it ended effectively to date; we await the subsequent blue in-between.
“Nevertheless, allow us to rejoice, allow us to rejoice creativity, allow us to rejoice the potential of all these kids who’ve been rescued from this monsters, barbarians who simply forged a everlasting blight on our lives.
“So, thanks for giving us this event, for timing this event in order that it turns into a much bigger celebration than even what we’re witnessing round us.”
NANS President meets Masari
The President of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students, Sunday Asefon, on Saturday met Governor Aminu Masari and a number of the freed pupils in Katsina.
Asefon disclosed in an announcement he issued in Katsina on Saturday that he left for Katsina by highway when he learnt of the pupils’ abduction with the intention to stay within the state till their abductors launch them.
He, nevertheless, stated he was blissful to be taught of their launch shortly earlier than he reached Katsina.
He enjoined the pupils to not be distracted by their therapy within the palms of the abductors, urging them to, as a substitute, concentrate on their schooling.
Resign now, Secondus tells Buhari
The Nationwide Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, Uche Secondus, referred to as on Buhari to resign as President over rising insecurity within the nation.
Secondus made the decision in an announcement titled, “Resign now, Secondus prices Buhari after admitting failure on safety,” signed on his behalf by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, in Abuja, on Saturday.
Secondus stated, “Because the buck stops on the desk of the Commander-in-Chief, the President ought to settle for his failure and cease searching for excuses.
“I discover it extraordinarily unacceptable that after the President disregarded all clever counsel to rejig the nation’s safety structure for effectiveness, he’s now turning spherical to confess their failure and blame operatives whom he stored even of their obvious inefficiency.”
He stated having admitted failure, the honourable factor for Buhari to do was resign from workplace.
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