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Why Nigerians deserve to know how abducted Kaduna pupils were released, by Bukarti

A cross-section of the rescued Kuriga students | Image: Channelstv

‘I have been investigating the circumstances of their release and whether anyone was arrested and what were the terms of the release or how were they rescued if they were rescued, I did not find any information to that effect’

By Ibe Johnson

Dusts are yet to settle down over the curious release of the abducted Kuriga schoolchildren in Kaduna State, as security expert, Bulama Bukarti, asks the Nigerian government to explain how the children regained freedom.

 Bukarti, who spoke to the Channelstv on Wednesday, said that Nigerians deserved to know how the children, who were abducted on March 7 from their school in Kuriga, Kaduna State, were released.

His words: “I have been investigating the circumstances of their release and whether anyone was arrested and what were the terms of the release or how were they rescued if they were rescued, I did not find any information to that effect.”

Bukarti, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said, “As Nigerians, we have the right to know how our government is proceeding with securing us, how our government is using our resources and how our government is dealing with criminal elements or terrorists elements among us.

“We have the right to know by law but we also have the right to know as Nigerians so that we may have confidence in our country.”

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After weeks in captivity, Kaduna State government announced on Monday that 137 students abducted in one of the largest mass kidnappings in Nigeria in recent times regained their freedom.

Before then Nigerians were told that the total number of the abducted schoolchildren was 287.

The state governor, Uba Sani, who announced the release of the schoolchildren, however, did not explain how they were rescued, giving room to rumours that ransom was paid for their release.

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