Following cases of insurgency and banditry, and the statement credited to Nasarawa State Governor about negotiating with bandits, the Kaduna State Government has made it known that they never appointed any group or individual to negotiate on its behalf with bandits over the abduction of the 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.
According to reports, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan stated this on Sunday, and has stressed that anyone caught negotiating with bandits, on government’s behalf, would be prosecuted.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to reports in the media that it has appointed representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf”.
He added that, “The Kaduna State Government hereby clarifies firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed”. “The position of the Kaduna State Government remains the same the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransoms to bandits”.
The commissioner stated that, “Any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly. 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
The students who were abducted on Thursday, March 11, 2021, by bandits in their large numbers, have not been released.