The Presidency has claimed that only 10 students were abducted by terrorists from the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the figure, which contrasts with the 333 declared missing by the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, on Sunday.
A news bulletin released by the BBC Hausa Service, quoted Shehu as having given the latest figure against that announced by the State Government.
According to the BBC: “The Government of Nigeria has said its security forces have surrounded the location where gunmen have kept schoolchildren abducted from a secondary school in Katsina State.
“Spokesman for the President, Mallam Garba Shehu told the BBC only ten children were remaining in the hands of the gunmen according to their colleagues who escaped from the gunmen.
“The number is below figures released by school authorities at the beginning. Garba Shehu said the school children who escaped said 10 of their friends were still with their abductors.”
Shehu had also told the BBC that “military commanders on the ground have the coordinates of where they believe the bandits are, and whoever they are holding. They have surrounded all of that area”.