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EXCLUSIVE: Names, photos of some abducted Katsina schoolboys

EXCLUSIVE: Names, photos of some abducted Katsina schoolboys
December 16
18:20 2020

TheCable has identified some of the students abducted from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara local government area of Katsina state.


A team of TheCable reporters on the ground in Kankara also obtained exclusive photos of four of the abducted students.

The children, now being identified for the first time since the attack, include Zaharadeen Umar, Abdulgafar Murtala, Mujahid Abdulhamid and Aliyu Abubakar.

During a tour of the school premises, the reporters also found some of the items belonging to the students including their books and bags.


Gunmen had attacked the school around midnight on Friday, leaving with over 300 students.

More than 333 have been confirmed missing by the state government, which later announced that 17 of the students who escaped during the attack have been found.

Boko Haram had claimed responsibility for the attack which it said was to discourage western education.


It has been more than 48 hours since Aminu Masari, Katsina governor, said the abductors have made contact with his government and that security agencies have found where the victims are being kept.

Mujahid Abdulhameed

Mujahid’s father

Abdulgafar’s dad

Abdulgafar Murtala


Zaharadeen Umar



Aliyu Abubakar


Some books in the classroom

A school bag belonging to one of the students

Parents anxiously awaiting the return of their children

Children who ought to read these books are in the camp of the enemy

Watch video of TheCable’s visit to the school HERE


This is a special investigative project by Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation (CNJF) in partnership with TheCable, supported by the MacArthur Foundation. Published materials are not views of the MacArthur Foundation.


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