Insurgent group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the recent abduction of hundreds of schoolboys in Katsina State.
No fewer than 300 students went missing on Friday after the terror group stormed the Government Science School in Kankara on motorcycles and engaged security forces in a fierce gun battle.
The attack forced hundreds of students to flee and hide in surrounding bushes and forest.
“I am Abubakar Shekau and our brothers are behind the kidnapping in Katsina,” said the leader of the group behind the 2014 abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Chibok, in a voice message on Tuesday.
A joint operation to ensure the rescue of the abducted boys have been since launched on Saturday by the police, air force and army.
Worried of the safety of their children and wards parents and guardians gathered at the school on Sunday issuing a plea to authorities to rescue the missing boys in one piece.
“If it’s not government that will help us, we have no power to rescue our children,” Murja Mohammed, whose son was taken, told the Reuters news agency.