- Bandits who kidnapped Kagara students and staff members will not be getting anything in exchange for their captives
- This was the firm position of the Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, on Wednesday, February 17
- Sani-Bello said this less than a day after the tragic incident occurred in the Rafi local government area of the state
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The governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani-Bello, has insisted that his government will not pay any ransom to kidnappers to release the abducted students and staff members of Government Science College in Kagara.
According to Daily Nigerian News, Governor Bello said this on Wednesday, February 17, while giving a press briefing to journalists on the situation report of the latest ugly development.
Similarly, a number of travellers had been abducted by suspected bandits in Niger state.
The travellers were kidnapped on Sunday, February 14, on a highway, with their abductors reportedly demanding a whopping sum of N500 million for their release.
A video of the travellers begging the government to secure their freedom was released by a group of criminals on Tuesday, February 16.
Meanwhile, a former Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, expressed pain over the abduction of another set of students in the north.
Sani said the experience of the Kankara kidnap had not taught both state governments and the police any lesson.
He said at the moment, parents are pulling out their children from the school after bandits abducted their classmates.
The former lawmaker tweeted:
"Parents are just pulling out their children from the Govt Science College Kagara, the scene of the early morning invasion by bandits. One student is confirmed killed.
"The whereabouts and numbers of those abducted remains http://unknown.No lessons learnt from Kankara."
The demand was part of the Senate’s resolution on Wednesday, February 17 as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
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