KANKARA: Parents Counter Boko Haram, Deny Knowing Children in Video
Parents of the just released students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State have denied that the boys shown in the six-minute video clip released by Boko Haram on Thursday were the students abducted last Friday from the school.
Other residents of Kankara also have dismissed the video and the claim by Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, that they were the youths in captivity as false.
Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has continued to insist that the students were abducted by bandits, not Boko Haram.
The Punch quoted a father of one of the students, Mallam Aminu Dayyabu, to have said none of the youths showed in the video was a student of the school.
“None of the students shown in the video, including the older one, who spoke in Hausa, was a student of the school.
“I will appeal to the government not to use violence to get the students freed. The bandits and members of the Boko Haram sect are parents too and would not want to harm the students. But Almighty Allah knows the best”, the newspaper quoted.
Also quoted was Murjanatu Danja, a mother of another abducted student, Hussaina Nasiru, who said “The faces in that video are not that of the abducted students. Even if I cannot identify other faces, I should be able to identify Hussaina’s face. But the faces are strange.”
Boko Haram has been eager to claim responsibility for a number of recent security breeches in the country.
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