Nigeria: Federal Government Confirms No Ransom Paid for Release of Kuriga Schoolchildren

Nigeria: Federal Government Confirms No Ransom Paid for Release of Kuriga Schoolchildren

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a significant development, the Federal Government has affirmed that no ransom was exchanged for the safe return of the kidnapped schoolchildren from Kuriga village in Kaduna State. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, made this declaration to State House correspondents following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Idris reiterated the government’s commitment, stating, “As promised by Mr. President, they have been rescued. No ransom was paid.” This statement underscores President Tinubu’s unwavering stance against negotiating with kidnappers for ransom.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of President Tinubu, the Minister commended the efforts of the National Security Adviser, Service Chiefs, and all individuals involved in the successful operation to secure the students’ release.

It is noteworthy that President Tinubu had previously vowed against the payment of any ransom to secure the release of abducted victims. This stance reflects the government’s firm stance on tackling the scourge of kidnapping in the country.

Furthermore, President Tinubu has directed security agencies to intensify their efforts in combating kidnapping nationwide. Minister Idris emphasized, “The President has also charged security agencies to make sure kidnappings are brought to a halt, and all the perpetrators of kidnapping will be fished out and punished.”

This resolute approach underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups such as schoolchildren. The successful rescue operation serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of security agencies and the government’s dedication to addressing security challenges in the nation.

This development also highlights the need for sustained efforts in combating the menace of kidnapping and other forms of insecurity, as the government continues to work towards creating a safer environment for all Nigerians.

Overall, the safe return of the Kuriga schoolchildren without the payment of ransom marks a significant milestone in the government’s ongoing efforts to tackle insecurity and protect the welfare of its citizens.

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