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Kankara: 333 not 10 was abducted – says Presidency as Gov announced 344
The Nigerian presidency has retracted false information that appeared to had misled the public regarding the abducted Kankara schoolboys.
In a brief statement via Twitter, Garba Shehu, who serves as Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity at the presidential Villa tended an apology for wrongly saying only 10 students were kidnapped from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
The Aide to President Mohammadu Buhari, Shehu had granted an interview to the BBC Hausa Service earlier informed the giant international media agent that only ten boys were whisked by suspected bandits.
This literally, came to In contrary with a statement by Aminu Masari, the Katsina State Governor, that 333 students were taken by the gunmen who raided the premises with motorcycles last Friday.
Recall the ugly but regrettable news of the boys’ boarding college was announced few hours after President Buhari arrived in Daura, Katsina for a week-long private visit.
However, the state government on Thursday updated the public with a different number.
Masari stated that three hundred and forty-four (344) schoolboys were freed by the armed rampaging bandits in Zamfara State, a figure which is slightly above his initial statistic.
The conflicting figures have welcomed backlash from Nigerians and the Garba Shehu has, however, been blasted for allegedly trivializing the number of kidnapped boys.
He responded that he was misinformed by persons who should know better, apologized to all Nigerians for his wrong information.
In his words: “I apologize for the incorrect communication citing that only 10 students were kidnapped at the science school, Kankara”
It continues: “This communication of numbers was provided by persons that should ideally know. These numbers were seen to conflict with what was available at that time
“Please understand that this communication was in no way done to downplay the seriousness of the situation.
“Please accept my sincere apologies on this matter as we continue to move our great Nation Nigeria forward. Thank you,” he added.