I won’t pay ransom even if my son is kidnapped, says El-rufai

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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai, has spoken against the payment of ransom to kidnappers, saying he won’t be involved in such even if his son is kidnapped.

El-rufai said in a radio interview on Friday, that “I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead because I won’t pay any ransom,” he said.

The Governor also said his administration is not considering paying ransom to secure the release of the students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, in March.

According to him, his government is “absolutely not paying ransom” but considering other means to ensure the students are returned to their parents.

El-rufai said bandits must be wiped out entirely because they have lost the right to life.

He said this during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna and monitored by our correspondent on Thursday.

According to him, “These bandits have lost their right to life under our constitution and must be wiped out in their entirety. There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned.

“The bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.

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