Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Saturday, 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.
There have been unconfirmed reports circulating on social media that the government had paid a huge amount of money to secure the release of the Kagara abductees.
But when asked on Saturday whether the government had paid ransom or was considering the payment of ransom, the minister said, “No”.
The minister also said the government won’t tolerate any form of criminality in any form.
He said, “Bandits all over the world work with psychology of people. Deliberately, they target women and children because this is what will attract a lot of global outcry. That is exactly what bandits do all over the world.
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has described as “provoking and insensitive”, the comments made by his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, that Nigerians don’t need Akeredolu’s permission to live in Ondo forests.
Akeredolu also warned Mohammed not to set the country on fire with his rhetorics.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that in a bid to sanitise Ondo forests of killer herdsmen accused of sundry crimes such as kidnappings, killings, rape, amongst others, Akeredolu ordered all herdsmen to vacate the state forest reserves or register with the state government.
Reacting in a statement through his Special Assistant on New Media, Olabode Olatunde, Akeredolu urged Nigerians to disregard Mohammed’s comments.
3) Boko Haram has transmuted to bandits, kidnappers – Sultan of Sokoto
The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, has said Boko Haram insurgents have eventually transmuted themselves into armed bandits and kidnappers, with the aim of overrunning the country under their unholy agenda.
He, however, charged the Federal Government to live to its responsibility of securing the lives of all Nigerians from the new wave of attacks.
4) I’m Still In Contact With My Former Colleagues – Abductor Of Kankara Schoolboys
The abductor Of the students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State, Auwal Daudawa, has said he is still in contact with his former colleagues.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Daudawa said he led the abduction of students last year due to comments made by Governor Aminu Masari of Katisna.
He noted that some of the bandits that worked with him are looking forward to coming out the way I did if they see how the government treats him.
Daudawa stressed that his intention is to show his former colleagues the way to lay down their arms for them to also have amnesty.
5) Sheik Gumi Is Better Than Sunday Igboho – Shagari
Bello Shagari, son of former President Shehu Shagari, has said that prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Gumi is better than Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
He made this known via his Twitter page on Friday while supporting the statement credited to the cleric that the federal government should grant blank amnesty to bandits.
Shagari also condemned critics of Gumi who have berated the cleric for meeting with bandits and calling on the government to dialogue with them.
He described Gumi’s intervention as grossly misunderstood, adding that what he was doing could improve the insecurity in the country.
Shagari asserted that Gumi is not inciting anyone, unlike Sunday Igboho who openly attacks Fulani herdsmen in the South West.
6) Insecurity: Shehu Sani Reveals Why Sheikh Gumi Is Meeting Bandits
Former Nigeria lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has revealed why renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi is meeting with bandits across the states.
Sani in a post on his Twitter account on Saturday morning, February 20 said the President Muhammadu Buhari led goverment has failed woefully and that gave Gumi a space to come into the rescue.
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