The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed on Friday that Nigeria got foreign support for the release of the 344 abducted schoolboys of Kankara, Katsina State.
The schoolboys were released Thursday night after six days in captivity.
The minister, when asked at a press conference in Abuja whether there was any foreign collaboration that led to the release of the students, said: “As to whether there was foreign collaboration, don’t forget I said that we thank all patriotic Nigerians and all friends of Nigeria.”
The minister, however, declined giving details of those foreign individuals or countries who supported Nigeria during the process of rescuing the schoolboys and the type of help given.
Mohammad also insisted that no ransom was paid for the release of the students, saying: “Our security and intelligence agencies were completely on top of the situation.”
According to him,
“there is no where in the world that they don’t negotiate with terrorists”, especially when there is a need to save lives.
‘Bandits, not Boko Haram did it’
Mohammed insisted that the boys were kidnapped by bandits, dismissing the videos of the abducted schoolboys reportedly released by Boko Haram.