Kidnappers won’t get ransom from us – FG

Mohammed Idris Malagi

The Federal Government has said it would not pay ransom for the release of schoolchildren and others abducted recently in the northern part of the country.

Minister of information and national orientation Mohammed Idris made this known at the end of the third federal executive council meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.

“So, the security agencies are working round the clock. These children and people that have been abducted by criminal elements will be brought back to safety pretty soon,” he said.

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“And Mr President has also directed that no ransom will be paid by government to any of these criminal elements. I think it’s important that this be put out there.”

Idris said the government was looking at offers made by foreign bodies to assist in the rescue of the kidnapped children.

“Well, we’re aware that it is not just the US that has actually offered. Other countries have also offered to support Nigeria.

“But what we can tell you is that government is still reviewing these offers and the position of government will be made known,” he said.