The Niger State Government has revealed that it would not pay ransom to the bandits, stating that it would go through other means to secure the release of the children.
The state government, in a statement by its press secretary, Mary Barje, said it was putting in measures to ensure the safe release of Islamic schoolchildren abducted by bandits in Tegina.
In an update on the abduction to newsmen at the Government House, Minna, the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, noted that the government was in the pursuit of the bandits, and efforts were being put in place to identify the bandits.
Ketso said although the number of kidnapped schoolchildren was not fully ascertained, efforts by security agencies to secure their release had been intensified.
He assured that strategies were in place to secure the release of the abductees the same way those of Kagara boys were released, ruling out the option of paying the ransom.
“We don’t pay ransom to abductors. We are trying to negotiate to see how we can bring them back safely,” he added.
He said that the government has made contact with some of the identified parents of the kidnapped children, assuring them of their safe return.