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No Ransom Was Paid For The Release of 137 Kaduna School Children – FG

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No Ransom Was Paid For The Release of 137 Kaduna School Children – FG

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No Ransom Was Paid For The Release of 137 Kaduna School Children – FG

The Federal Government has refuted claims of ransom payment for the release of the 137 pupils abducted from Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State. Addressing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, asserted that no ransom was paid, affirming the government’s commitment to this stance in alignment with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.

Idris emphasized the President’s appreciation for the security services’ efforts in ensuring the safe return of the abductees. He further assured that all those involved in the abduction would be apprehended and subjected to appropriate legal consequences.

The kidnapping incident occurred on March 6, when armed individuals on motorcycles stormed the pupils’ school, sparking widespread condemnation and concern from both domestic and international quarters, including UNICEF.

Contrary to earlier reports suggesting the rescue of 287 pupils, a statement from the Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, clarified that 137 pupils were successfully rescued through a joint operation involving the military and local authorities in Zamfara State.

Amidst these developments, prominent Kaduna-based Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmad Gumi had offered to engage in dialogue with the perpetrators. In response to queries regarding the government’s stance on such engagements, Minister Idris underscored the government’s commitment to leveraging all available avenues for obtaining actionable information to address security challenges. However, he cautioned against reckless statements, asserting that individuals, including Sheikh Gumi, are subject to the law and accountability for their actions.

The Federal Government’s position reflects its unwavering determination to confront security threats decisively while upholding the rule of law.

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