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El-Rufai denies paying kidnappers ransom by proxy

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El-Rufai. Photo: TWITTER/GOVKADUNA

Zangon Kataf indigenes urge release of 15 youths arrested by police
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has denied paying ransom to kidnappers in the state, saying that his government did not appoint intermediaries to negotiate with criminals.

El-Rufai insisted that the position of his administration of not negotiating with bandits or paying ransom still stood.

The clarification by the governor followed speculations that his administration upset the ransom paid by families of the 10 Kaduna airport workers who were freed by the bandits recently.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stated at the weekend: “No intermediary has been appointed by Governor el-Rufai to negotiate with bandits.

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“The attention of the Kaduna State Government has been drawn to reports in the media that it has appointed representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf. The government hereby clarifies firmly that such intermediaries were never appointed.

“The position of the Kaduna Government remains the same: the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransom to bandits. Any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.”

He urged citizens to report any person posing as official government negotiator to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room.

MEANWHILE, the people of Atyap Community in Zangon Kataf Local Council of Kaduna State have asked security agencies to release 15 youths arrested over self-defence against Fulani militia.

Besides, the Atyap indigenes also accused the officials of Zangon Urban Development Association (ZUDA) and M-yetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) of plotting to launch attack on Atyap Community, promoting false statements against the native inhabitants of Zangon Kataf.

Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) stated at the weekend: “We have tried to remain silent in the face of many atrocities committed against our people and land recently by armed Fulani militia.

“We had decided to do so because we believe that the initiative by our traditional leadership and that of ACDA for the security of our people and every other group in Atyap land will yield positive results.”

ACDA National Public Relations Officer (NPRO), Pius Kayet, stated at the weekend: “Unfortunately, we have not only been assailed by continuous murder of our people, the destruction of our communities and food crops, the Hausa and Fulani who are on our land have taken to the media to further issue lies and veiled threats against us.”

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