– Developed countries of the world experience kidnapping of students in schools according to Lai Mohammed
– The minister of information and cullture is of the opinion that the crime is not peculiar to Nigeria alone
– Mohammed revealed that the reason kidnappers abduct school children is that it attracts more global attention
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the kidnapping of students is not a peculiar crime to Nigeria, adding that the most developed countries of the world including the United States also experience school kidnapping.
Mohammed stated this on Monday while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘News Night’ monitored by The PUNCH.
The minister also insisted that the government would not pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State
Mohammed said, “Even in the most developed countries of this world, school kidnapping takes place. Last year, in the US, we all witnessed three of four school kidnappings, and that is in probably one of the most developed countries in the world.
“The thing about terrorism is that the terrorists don’t live by your own rules and they are especially interested in soft targets. They know that what is going to get global attention is kidnapping school children.
“We must be careful; we can’t turn all our schools into barracks. What is important is intelligence gathering, surveillance rather than the physical presence of the soldiers or policemen.
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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