The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has revealed how the hundreds of students kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, Jangebe, were released.
Contrary to the insinuations in some quarters, Governor Matawalle said no ransom was paid to secure the release of the students.
He stated this on Wednesday evening, March 3, during an interview on Channels Television, monitored by Globalgistng.
Governor Matawalle said he secured the release of the students through the repentant bandits in the state.
He explained that the repentant bandits were used to engage with the kidnappers of the schoolgirls and eventually secure their release.
The Zamfara state governor noted that there are some bandits in the state who rejected his peace accord.
He, however, said there are those who have repented and are working with the security agencies to make sure that the state is safe.
Governor Matwalle’s remarks come a week after some armed bandits stormed the Jangebe school and abducted the schoolgirls.
After spending about four days in the den of the bandits, the students were eventually released on Tuesday, March 2.
Peter Ijai Emmanuel said on Facebook: “It’s possible no ransom was paid. The Negotiator will get amnesty eventually. May God Almighty save Nigeria.”
Desmond Ikechukwu Okorie said: “We keep hearing no ransom was paid and yet not a single one of the so called bandit is ever arrested in all the rescue missions.
Not even a picture or the location of where the girls are rescued from are shown on the TV. This was supposed to a group of bandits and yet none of the bandits is arrested. This looks like a well scripted movie”
Andrea Franks said: “And you want Nigerians to believe. We have lost confidence in this Government.
God listen to the cry of your children for mercy.”
Joshua Brainy said: “No ransom paid ??? Really !!what was their actual motive for kidnapping them ? Maybe to play with them and release them after”
Japheth John Joko said: “If ransom was not paid ,why the kidnapping in the first place??? Why??”