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Abducted Afaka students will be released – el-Rufai

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Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has re-emphasised his commitment to the release of kidnapped students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka.

The students’ parents said they were ready to negotiate with the bandits for the release of their children and damned prosecution threat, as the state government said it was not ready to pay ransom for kidnapped victims.

The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, yesterday, said the government was ever ready to work with victims’ parents for their freedom.

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Aruwan said: “Contrary to the mischief in some sections of the media, the bond between el-Rufai and the parents of the abducted students and other citizens in captivity, is deep empathy amidst spirited efforts to secure them.”

According to him, the governor will continue to work hard until banditry is contained, without succumbing to emotional blackmail and gradual politicisation of the unfortunate situation.

“Some sections of the media have been reporting the parents’ responses to purported threat by the governor to prosecute them, which is simply false and deeply mischievous.

“The statement of the government warning impostors, who have been presenting themselves as government-appointed emissaries to negotiate with bandits across the state, has nothing to do with parents or relatives of the abducted students or any other person in captivity.

“ It was rather directed primarily to some identified individuals exploiting the security situation in the state, and neighbouring states.”

Aruwan maintained that the state government would not join issues with the parents, whose pain it understands, and with whom it shares the common goal of the return of all the abducted students.

Meanwhile, at a press conference, the parents of the kidnapped students blamed government for the students’ plight, saying there was no time the state government showed concern about their predicament.

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