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The schoolboys who were abducted on Friday, December 11th from the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara by gunmen have been released.

Katsina state Governor Aminu Bello Masari, has said 344 boys who were held captive in the Rugu Forest Zamfara state have been successfully rescued.

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The personal assistant on media to the president Bashir Ahmad also confirmed that the boys “have arrived Katsina State safely, they slept in Gasau, Zamfara State.”

President Mohammadu Buhari in response to the news on Twitter said; 
This is a huge relief to the entire country & international community.

Our administration is fully aware of the responsibility we have to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians. I ask Nigerians to be patient and fair to us as we deal with the challenges of security, the economy, and corruption. We will not relent.”
According to ThePunch, the students were escorted into the state capital by security operatives.

Some of the schoolboys, who were still clothed in their school uniforms, were led to an expansive hall in the Government House where they were received by Governor Aminu Masari.

The Governor on Thursday night confirmed the release of 344 abducted schoolboys, adding that the boys were at Tsafe, Zamfara State, and would be transported to Kankara today.

The Governor, while speaking to DWTV Hausa in an interview on Thursday night said; 
We did not pay ransom to the kidnappers, it was purely negotiation.
Governor Masari also assured them that they will each go through proper medical checks while adding that their education will also be taken care of.

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