• Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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Kaduna: FG denies paying ransom for school children


In win for the administration’s anti-ra nsom policy, the Federal Government has confirmed the safe return of schoolchildren abducted from Kuriga village, Kaduna State, and denied authorizing ransom payments for their release.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, made the announcement after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Bola Tinubu.

“As promised by Mr. President, the abducted students have been safely rescued,” Idris declared. “We want to reiterate that no ransom was paid to secure their freedom.”

The Minister expressed President Tinubu’s appreciation to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Service Chiefs, and all those involved in the successful operation. This news comes after the President’s firm stance against ransom payments in kidnapping cases.

“President Tinubu has further directed security agencies to redouble their efforts to end the national scourge of kidnapping,” Idris added. “He emphasized the need to apprehend and bring all perpetrators to justice.”

The successful rescue and the government’s firm stance on ransom payments are likely to be seen as a positive development in the fight against growing insecurity in Nigeria.