The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has kicked against payment of ransom to bandits to secure the release of abducted victims.
However, ACF, the apex northern socio-cultural body, said it supports negotiating with them.
Emmanuel Yawe, national publicity secretary of the forum, made the position known in Kaduna on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ACF thanked Nigerians who risked their lives in the negotiating process to free hostages held by bandits.
The ACF said this after the remaining 27 Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, abducted by bandits last month, were reunited with their families on Friday following their release.
It was gathered that their parents, as well as the school management paid ransom before they were released.
Speaking on the development, the forum said:
“We thank God for saving their lives and rejoice with their families both immediate and extended.
“Our only regret is that millions of naira were alleged to have been paid to the bandits before they granted freedom to the kidnapped students”.
The ACF appealed to bandits holding other innocent persons and students of Greenfield University in the state, to set them free without further delay.
“Whatever may be the grievances of the kidnappers against society, spilling innocent blood will not be a solution,” the forum added
But Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a popular Islamic cleric in the state, has asked the Federal Government to pay the bandits N100 million to secure the release of the students.