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Kagara: No Ransom Has Been Paid For Release Of Abductees – Lai Mohammed

The People’s Gazette Newspaper reported yesterday that the Kagara victims has been allegedly released from captivity, after about N800M ransom was paid through popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Gumi.

However, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has revealed that no ransom was paid for the release of the abducted Kankara schoolboys in Katsina State and also the Dapchi schoolgirls in Yobe State.

Explaining this on Channels Television’s Saturday Sunrise, he said:

“All these stories about ransom, are conspiracy theories”.

“Government has put in place various strategies to contain banditry, insurgency and kidnapping. Some of these measures are kinetic, some are non-kinetic”.

According to reports, he was asked that, “Will a ransom be part of the government’s strategy? the minister said: “No”.

Giving assurance of the safe return of the victims, he said,  “I can assure you that the government is on top of the matter – but it is not a subject matter for television discussion. We didn’t get there overnight, that is why we can’t get out in one day”.

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