The Katsina State Government has denied paying any ransom to rescue the abducted 344 students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina on Tuesday, the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, said N1 million was not paid for each student.
He said the state government deployed a multi-facet approach in effecting the release of the boys to ensure there was no casualty.
“Contrary to speculations in some quarters that the government paid N1million to rescue each student, the government did not pay any money,” Inuwa said.
“Although, the process was difficult and hectic, we ensured that no casualty was recorded during the operations, we are happy that they returned safely and were reunited with their families.”
Inuwa, however, commended the efforts of the Federal Government through the police and other security agencies towards ensuring the release of the schoolboys.
The schoolboys were abducted from their hostels on December 11, 2020, and regained their freedom after one week in captivity.