Contrary to reports that contacts had been established with the abductors of scholars and workers of state Science College, Kagara, Niger State, Sunday Vanguard gathered that the abductors haven’t been located by state and non-state actors.
Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, had said consultations were ongoing between the govt and a few bandits to release the abductees.
He added that negotiations were at the ultimate stage.
This was a sequel to a visit to some bandits within the state by Sheik Ahmad Gummi and a few officialdom.
But a source who was among those that visited the bandits told Sunday Vanguard that those that had a gathering with Gummi and Niger State officials weren’t the abductors of the Kagara students and workers.
The source said the bandits only promised to help in identifying the abductors, who belonged to a different group of bandits terrorizing the state.
According to the source, “No direct contact has been established with the abductors of the Kagara students. We visited the bandits within the forests, but those people Nigerians saw on television aren’t liable for the Kagara incident.
“They were kidnapped by another group and that they have all been taken inside the forest. The bandits only promised to help in locating them and establishing contacts with those responsible’’.
No one has seen the boys. Unlike the Kankara incident, not even the safety agencies have seen the boys. We may need to wait for a touch longer than the time the Kankara incident lasted.
The only thing is that those schoolchildren and therefore their abductors haven’t been traced by either the safety agents or the bandit leaders that were available for the reported discussion with Sheikh and the government delegation.
“The other abducted group of girls that were kidnapped while traveling during a luxury bus is believed to possess been taken deep inside the dense forest.
“The gang holding them are said to refuse engagement with mediators that include the visiting Sheikh and sympathetic bandit leaders within an equivalent forest.
“The position that the varsity children would soon be rescued is predicated largely on the hope that the cooperative bandits’ heads would first be ready to locate them and if they will convince the captors. It might be an extended wait perhaps longer than Kankara.”
Last Wednesday, no fewer than 42 people, including 27 students, were kidnapped when bandits attacked the varsity.
Niger Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Muhammad Idris, who made this known, said the whereabouts of three teachers were unknown.
According to him, 12 relations of the teachers were also abducted during the attack.