Matawalle, ACF fighs over identities of kidnapped leaders


The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, on Tuesday insisted that he would reveal the identities of people behind the abduction of over 300 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state. The governor, who stated this in an interview with one of our correspondents in Gusau, the state capital, however said he would make the revelation after the abducted schoolgirls, who were released earlier on Tuesday, might have been reunited with their families.

But the pan-northern socio-political organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum, berated the governor, saying he should stop embarrassing the north.
Recall that gunmen attacked the GGSS Jangebe on Friday and abducted over 300 students. The governor, while receiving 17 Emirs in the state at the Government House, Gusau on Sunday, had said he had many revelations to make on the schoolgirls’ abduction.

He told the emirs, who paid him a sympathy visit over the girls’ abduction, that Nigerians would be shocked to know people behind the abduction of the students.

Matawalle had stated, “ I want to inform you that there are many revelations in relation to the abduction of these students. Many people will be surprised to hear those people behind the abduction of these innocent children.” On Tuesday, when one of our correspondents asked him when he would name people behind the abduction, he stated, “I want the children to eat, be treated and then taken back to their respective places before I make the revelations.”

The governor, who spoke to The PUNCH after the students were brought to Government House, disclosed that no money was paid to bandits for the release of the girls.

Matawalle said, “Nothing was given to them (the bandits).”


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