Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has disclosed that no ransom was paid before kidnappers freed the students kidnapped from Kankara last Friday.
The students, according to him, were freed after negotiations with the kidnappers.
Governor Masari in an interview with DWTV Hausa last night said:
“Nigerian soldiers and government officials that were involved in the negotiation for the release of the kidnapped schoolboys have told us that the whole school children have been released, 344 of them.
“At the moment, we have arranged for vehicles to transport them from where they are to the state capital, Katsina. From then, we will pass them through to doctors to diagnose them.
“Those involved in the negotiation include my adviser, some top military and police operatives. Members of Miyetti Allah; (they) were all involved in the negotiation.”
“We did not pay ransom to the kidnappers, it was purely negotiation.
“They are bandits who kidnapped the schoolboys, not Boko Haram.
“What we will do next is to transport them to us in Katsina, ask our doctors to look at them and then give them new clothes to wear and reunite them with their parents.”
Mustapha Inuwa, secretary to the Katsina State Government, also confirmed the release of the students.
He told reporters yesterday evening that the students were freed in Zamfara and were being transported from Tsafe town in Zamfara to the Katsina Government House.