- Governor Nasir El-Rufai is opening up on his refusal to negotiate with bandits following the release of Afaka students
- According to El-Rufai, the military had plans to bomb bandits camp while students were in captivity
- The students of the forestry college finally regained their freedom after over 50 days in captivity
The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has revealed that they were prepared to lose some children during a planned attack on bandits when the 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka were abducted.
According to him, the plan was to attack, kill the bandits even if it meant some students would die in the process and rescue the rest, The Punch reports.
The governor who made the disclosure on Thursday, May 6, during a webinar hosted by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House Church said the military assured him they knew where the kidnappers were two days after the abduction.
El-Rufai explained that the death of the students would only be considered as collateral damage as Kaduna is currently at war, adding that he is willing to pay such a price instead of paying a ransom.
However, the governor according to The Eagle noted that before this could be achieved, the bandits switched their location which led to the students spending over a month in captivity.
The Kaduna state governor in response to why he has refused to negotiate with bandits said the plan was to attack since the air force and army had encircled them.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the students of the forestry college finally regained freedom after over 50 gruelling days. One of the persons who received the students numbering 27 confirmed the development.
He said the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
A bandit's father also helped secure the release of students kidnapped from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation.
Apart from former President Obasanjo and Sheik Gumi who played key roles in the negotiation, the bandit's father ensured that the negotiation came out well.
It was gathered that after a leader of the abductors, known as Buderu, reneged on his promise even after a N15 million ransom had been paid, father of one Buhari, alias General, who is also a fierce bandit, was drafted in to ensure that things work out.