Three hundred and forty four schoolboys kidnapped at the weekend from a secondary school in Kankara, Katsina State, have been released. ARISE NEWS broke the story earlier on Thursday but was advised by federal government sources to tarry a while to ensure the safety of the boys.
However, the Katsina State government Thursday evening announced the release of all abducted school children of the Government Secondary School, Kankara.
The Special Adviser to the Katsina Governor, Ibrahim Kastina, confirmed the release of the students to ARISE News.
The children are currently being escorted by Nigerian security forces to the state capital Katsina where they will be received by the state Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
The whereabouts of the 344 students have been unknown since Friday night when gunmen attacked the school.
Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the incident but Aminu Masari, the governor, said bandits were behind the attack.
By Abel Ejikeme