Kankara schoolboys: Garba Shehu apologises for goofing as Buhari accepts efforts of security agencies not good enough

Kankara schoolboys: Garba Shehu apologises for goofing as Buhari accepts efforts of security agencies not good enough

Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, has apologised for saying only 10 schoolboys were kidnapped from Government Science Secondary

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Garba Shehu, spokesman to President Muhammadu Buhari, has apologised for saying only 10 schoolboys were kidnapped from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina state.

Shehu apologised in a post on his social media handles on Friday.

Over 300 schoolboys were kidnapped from the school on December 11, after an attack by bandits.

They were, however, rescued on Thursday and arrived in Katsina on Friday.

While Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, had said over 300 schoolboys were missing after the attack, Shehu had claimed that some of the abducted schoolboys who escaped told the military that 10 of them were taken away by the gunmen.

The presidential spokesman, however, said he was sorry for the “incorrect communication”, adding that it was not his intention to downplay the seriousness of the situation.

“I apologise for the incorrect communication citing that only 10 students were kidnapped at the science school, Kankara. This communication of numbers was provided by persons that should ideally know. These numbers were seen to conflict with what was available at that time.

“Please understand that this communication was in no way done to downplay the seriousness of the situation. Please accept my sincere apologies on this matter as we continue to move our great Nation Nigeria forward. Thank you.”