President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Daura, Katsina State, received more briefing on children kidnapped from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, with an assurance from Governor Aminu Masari of steady progress to bring them out unharmed.
“We are making progress and the outlook is positive,’’ the governor told newsmen after an hour meeting with the President, which started at 2pm.
Garba Shehu, a spokesperson for President Buhari in a statement said the governor, who was accompanied by the Deputy Governor of the state, Manir Yakubu, said the kidnappers had made contact and discussions were already on pertaining to safety and return to their homes.
Governor Masari also noted that security agencies had located the position of the children.
The Governor said the President was fully committed to the rescue of the school children, adding that it was only appropriate to visit the President and give him more details of rescue efforts.
The governor on Sunday said the police rescued 200 pupils shortly after the incident on Saturday and that about 206 others surfaced before the arrival of the service chiefs.
Masari said his administration, in collaboration with security agencies, was combing Kankara and neigbouring communities in search of the missing students
He added: “The school’s pupil population is 839 and so far, we are yet to account for 333. We are still counting because more are still coming out of the forest.
“We are still searching for those missing because as a government, no group or association has contacted us or made any claims till date.”