Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, has said his administration will prosecute anyone caught negotiating with bandits or terrorists in the state.
The state government’s position was made known in a statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs.
The warning comes just as the 39 students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in the Afaka area of Kaduna State are still in their abductors’ captivity after over three weeks.
According to the statement, the government has not appointed an intermediary to negotiate with bandits on its behalf in any capacity.
It also debunked reports that the Governor El-Rufai administration had appointed negotiators to dialogue with the bandits over the abducted students, warning that anyone who does so will be prosecuted.
“The position of the Kaduna State Government remains the same: the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransoms to bandits. Any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly,” the statement partly read.
“Citizens are urged to report the details of any persons posing as official government negotiators to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999, or email [email protected],” the statement read.