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Katsina abductions: Boko Haram denies negotiating with govt

NEWSMAN, Katsina – Contrary to earlier claims by Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State that negotiations had started on how to release the students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Jihadist group, Boko Haram, has denied negotiating with the state government.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the abduction of over 300 schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

The terror group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, in a recording released on Tuesday morning said the group have not entered into negotiations with the government contrary to claims by the authorities.

Like in the case of the abduction of the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls in 2014, Shekau in his latest recording said the dastardly act was done in order to discourage people from obtaining western education.

“What happened in Katsina was done to promote Islam and discourage un-Islamic practices as Western education is not the type of education permitted by Allah and his Holy Prophet”, he said.

“They are also not teaching what Allah and his Holy Prophet commanded. They are rather destroying Islam. It may be subtle, but Allah the Lord of the skies and earths knows whatever is hidden. May Allah promote Islam. May we die as Muslims. In a nutshell, we are behind what happened in Katsina”, He added.

Katsina State, which is where the President, Muhammadu Buhari is from, has seen an increase in abductions and violence in the last one year with the Governor, Bello Masari, lamenting repeatedly that things had gone beyond his control, PUNCH reported.

 The violence had always been attributed to bandits but Shekau’s latest recording confirms that Boko Haram all along may have perpetrated the acts.

President Buhari is currently in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State, for a short visit.

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