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Ransom wasn’t paid to secure release of abducted Kuriga schoolchildren— FG

 

The federal government says no ransom was paid to secure the
release of 137 schoolchildren abducted from the Kuriga community, Chikun LGA in
Kaduna state.

 

Mohammed Idris, minister of information and national
orientation, told State House correspondents in Abuja on Monday, that the
federal government had vowed not to pay ransom to secure the release of
abducted victims.

 

The minister commended the national security adviser (NSA)
and service chiefs for the role they played in securing the release of the
schoolchildren.

 

He said President Bola Tinubu has asked security agencies to
intensify efforts to stop the menace of kidnapping across the country.

 

“As promised by Mr. President, they have been rescued. No
ransom was paid,” Idris said.

 

“The president has also charged security agencies to make
sure kidnappings are brought to a halt, and all the perpetrators of kidnapping
will be fished out and punished.”

 

On March 7, students were kidnapped after bandits attacked
the Kuriga community, Chikun LGA and invaded the primary and secondary schools.

 

Sani Abdullahi, a teacher at Government Secondary School
Kuriga, had said 287 students were missing after the attack.

 

In the early hours of Sunday, Uba Sani, governor of Kaduna,
announced the release of the abducted schoolchildren.

 

Sani said all the 137 abducted students have been freed
except the teacher who died in captivity.

 

The Kaduna governor said only 137 students were kidnapped in
the school and not 287 as widely reported

 

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