- Developed countries of the world experience kidnapping of students in schools, according to Lai Mohammed
- The minister of information and culture is of the opinion that the crime is not peculiar to Nigeria alone
- Mohammed revealed that kidnappers abduct school children because it attracts more global attention
Alhaji Lai Mohammed has maintained that the kidnapping of students in schools takes place in even the most developed countries of the world.
The Punch reports that the minister of information and culture added that the abduction of students was not peculiar to Nigeria alone.
Mohammed who made the disclosure on Monday, February 22, as a guest on Channels Television's News Night’ said the US witnessed three or four school kidnappings last year.
The minister also insisted that terrorists know that kidnapping school children will get global attention.
He went on to note that intelligence gathering and surveillance is one of the ways to curb the abduction of soft targets rather than the physical presence of soldiers or policemen in schools.
FG won’t pay ransom to free Kagara students, Lai Mohammed declares
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Mohammed said the federal government won’t pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
He said the government will employ different methods to seek the release of the students. The minister also insisted that no ransom was paid for the release of the abducted Kankara schoolboys in Katsina state and the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe state.
FG says there is nothing wrong in having dialogue with bandits
In a related development, the Nigerian government said that there is nothing wrong with dialoguing with bandits.
The minister of information made the statement on a radio programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, February 21, in Lagos.
He stated that the government was not opposed to people having a dialogue with bandits so long as the intention was right and the ultimate objective was peace.
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