Abubakar Sani-Bello, the Niger State Governor, has denied the rumour making the rounds on social media that the 27 students and 3 teachers abducted on Wednesday morning at Government Science College, Kagara have been released.
Bello made the clarification on Friday while addressing newsmen in Mina the State capital.
The Governor noted that he was in the last stage of negotiations with the bandits, promising that the victims would be released soon.
Recall that a Kaduna based popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmed Gumi, said that the kidnapped students and others abducted in Niger State will soon be released.
The Islamic cleric gave the assurance after meeting with the bandits in the forests between Tegina in Niger State and Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State.
Recall that Buhari had earlier condemned the abduction and dispatched a team of top security officials to the State to coordinate the rescue operation in the State.