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Despite Death Of 3 Abducted Students, Kaduna Government Insists On No Negotiation

The Kaduna State government, Northwest Nigeria, has insisted on not negotiating with terrorists for the release of abducted students.

Despite the killing of three of the 22 students abducted from Greenfield University, the Kaduna State Government has maintained its stance not to negotiate with the terrorists behind the abduction.

“There are due processes for one to follow to seek redress. For somebody to take arms against his fellow citizen is unconstitutional and unacceptable and the governor will not tolerate that,” said Shehu Mohammed, Kaduna Commissioner for Education, during a condolence visit to families of the three students that were killed on Monday, April 26.

Mohammed who led a government delegation to visit the grieving families said that the Kaduna State Government has commenced the process that would see to the security of schools across the states, as well as the relocation of students whose schools are located in volatile areas to much safer areas in the state.

He also pointed out that the state government had no intention of sitting at a table with terrorists carrying out the abductions, emphasising that what was needed instead, was the cooperation of all parties in the fight against the terrorists.

Simon Nwakaja, the Proprietor of Greenfield University, whose niece was killed by the terrorists, decried the death of the students.

On Tuesday, April 21, armed men stormed Greenfield University and abducted 22 persons, consisting of students and staff of the university.

Seventy-two hours after the attack, three of the abducted students were found dead in a village, close to the university.

News of their death sparked rage amongst Nigerians across different social media platforms, with many questioning the Kaduna State Government’s insistence on non-negotiation.

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