The officials in Nigeria’s Zamfara state are in touch with the gunmen who abducted 317 school girls last week.

Zamfara Information Commissioner Sulaiman Tanau Anka has revealed that the officials know where the girls were being held.

Tanau also revealed that the officials know the people behind the Kidnapping, but would not send in armed security forces for fear of harming the girls.

The armed men took the girls from a boarding school in the northwestern part of Nigeria.

However on Friday lastweek, Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari urged state governments not to reward bandits with money or vehicles.

Zamfara ordered the closure of all boarding school after 317 girls were kidnapped around 1 am by armed forces.