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Kagara Abduction: No payment of ransom, FG is on top of the matter, says Lai Mohammed

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated that the Federal Government is on top of the matter to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara.

Speaking against the rumour that the FG paid N800m as ransom, Mohammed said that the government will not pay ransom to secure the release of the abductees.

Mohammed disclosed this on Saturday during a Channels Television program which marks three days the about 40 victims have spent in captivity.

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“We employ kinetic and non-kinetic (measures), you don’t throwaway invitation to engage but the overall strategy you keep to your chest.”

“Bandits all over the world work with psychology of people. Deliberately, they target women and children because this is what will attract a lot of global outcry. That is exactly what bandits do all over the world.

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“The government has put in place, all along, various strategies to contain banditry, to fight insurgency, to fight kidnapping. Some of these measures are kinetic, some are not kinetic. We didn’t get here overnight and that is why it is difficult to get out one day.

“Criminality in any form will not be tolerated by government. At the same time, government has a duty to look at the underlining causes of some of these criminalities in other to address them.

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“I was in Minna with my colleagues, the Ministers of Interior and Police Affairs, the IG, and the National Security Adviser on Wednesday to get a firsthand information on the abduction of these Kagara schoolboys. I can tell you that as at today that the government is on top of the matter.”

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