- Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, has spoken about security challenges in the country
- The aide disclosed how the current administration handles cases of abduction
- The Buhari regime has come under criticism over rise in insecurity in some states
A presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, has said the Nigerian government will let citizens know if it paid a ransom to secure the release of the schoolgirls abducted in Zamfara state.
The Cable reported that Adesina made the statement on Monday, March 1, when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.
He said the Buhari administration applied different approaches in securing the release of abducted people based on the circumstances.
“Each card is on the table; each situation is taken according to its own peculiarities. There are situations in which there will be dialogue; there are situations in which there will be negotiations.
“If ransom was paid, it will tell the country that ransom was paid, and if it is not paid, it would also say so. If there was payment, it would be disclosed. That is what I’m saying, and if there was payment, it will not be my duty, because I speak for the president.''
Meanwhile, one of the freed abducted schoolgirls of Zamfara Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Hafsat Anka, said the captives threatened to kill, fry, and eat them if they misbehaved, according to a report by PM News.
Hafsat stated that they trekked over a long distance from the school and had a stopover for some hours before they reached their destination.
She said the bandits wore military uniforms and claimed they defeated the security officials by invading the school and successfully whisking the girls away.
This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday, March 2, by ACF national chairman and former minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe.
According to the report, ACF urged the agencies to make the northern governor name the abductors of the Jangebe school girls after he was quoted to have said he knows the identity, of the kidnappers.
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