The hope of securing the release of the abducted Kagara secondary school students kidnapped around 2 am on 17th February 2021, is made alive by a respectable Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, who promised that the students are likely to be released today.
According to the interview Gumi granted to the Saturday Punch,
“What I hear from (our contact) is that they are still negotiating to release them (schoolchildren and staff members) and hopefully, hopefully, we will get them tomorrow (Sunday), hopefully.
“Up till now, they have not been able to identify the boys, who (did the kidnapping). You know they are splinter groups. So, when you are dealing with groups like that in a vast area, with no communication, no road, then it has to be slow. But the main actors are ready to negotiate and stop the kidnapping altogether.”
“No, no; it does not. If it involves money, it means the same criminality. They are saying these are our conditions and we will stop this thing. So, negotiation is ongoing and their demands are being looked into, which are very simple.”