The Kaduna State Government, Northwest Nigeria on Sunday, April 4, dismissed the possibility of paying any ransom or negotiating with terrorists for the release of any abductee.
In the daily state security update, Samuel Aruwan, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, reacting to media reports, stated that Governor El-Rufai had not appointed any intermediary to negotiate with any terrorists.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Government has been drawn to reports in the media that it has appointed representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf,” Aruwan said.
“The Kaduna State Government hereby clarifies firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed.”
“The position of the Kaduna State Government remains the same: the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransoms to bandits.”
The commissioner said “any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.”
Over 30 students of the Forestry College, Afaka, Kaduna, abducted by terrorists on March 12 are still in terrorist custody, as parents wait for their return. The abductors had demanded a ransom of N500 million from the government.
The restatement of this stance comes amid killings by the terrorists across the state.
The state security update reports five persons killed and one other injured by the terrorists in Chikun Local Government area of the state.
The decomposing corpse of one Paul Simon, of Yabka village, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, who was reported missing March 24, was discovered by troops on patrol.
It was not clear, however, whether Paul was killed by terrorists or not.
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