The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that his administration will not bow to the blackmails from kidnappers in the state to abandon its “no ransom, no negotiation” policy. According to him, the kidnappers had resorted to killing as part of their efforts to compel his government to ditch its policy.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai says the fact that criminals seek to hold the state by the jugular does not mean it should surrender and create an incentive for more crime.
He also lampooned those alluding to the statement he made in 2014 where he called on the former President Goodluck Jonathan to use all options, including negotiation, to rescue the Chibok girls, adding that the incident had proven that the solution to violent crimes was a robust response from the state and its coercive agencies
The statement titled, ‘Surrender to criminals is not an option, reads in part they regret the recent kidnaps and killings of students from tertiary institutions in their state, and they sympathise with their families with whom they share the aim of the safe return of all the students