The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has on Saturday, said that the Federal Government will never pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger State.
Recall that the Nigerian government have been accused of paying a humongous amount to secure release of kidnap victims. The most recent is the Kankara boys’ kidnap where some argued government offer huge money as ransom to criminals.
The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed made this known during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’.
Mohammed said that the Federal Government was only out to employ kinetic and non-kinetic (measures) to secure the release of the kidnapped victims. He maintains government will not pay ransom to kidnappers.
He further revealed that the government won’t tolerate any form of criminality in the country.
“Bandits all over the world work with the psychology of people. Deliberately, they target women and children because this is what will attract a lot of global outcries.
“Criminality in any form will not be tolerated by the government. At the same time, the government has a duty to look at the underlining causes of some of these criminalities in order to address them.
“Also, the government won’t be paying ransom to secure their release. All I can tell you is that, as at today, the government is on top of the matter. We are mapping out other roots that can be used to ensure they come back safely,” he said.