By Ayo Kehinde
The Kaduna State government has said again that it would not negotiate ransom with bandits and kidnappers terrorizing the state, saying that doing so will not only embolden the dare-devils but reduce the authority of the government in matters of security of life and property.
The state has recently become a killing field following recurrent abduction and killing of citizens in the north west state. Few hours ago, housewives and children were reportedly kidnapped from an estane in the state. On Monday kidnappers killed two students of a private institution, Greenfield University, in Kaduna, days after three of such students were killed and dumped at the entrance of the institution.
Also, at least 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna, are still in captivity 47 days after their abduction due to the no-ransom policy of the state government.
Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication), in a statement on Tuesday, said the state will not succumb to the tactics of the outlaws and will rather pursue a military policy of killing them.
He said in the state; “Negotiations and ransoms have been undertaken, but these have not stopped the criminals. It has only encouraged them.
“The Kaduna State Government has been consistently transparent about its security challenges. It has supported and continues to resource the security agencies in the state. We are engaging the Federal Government to have security responses that move away from reactive response of repelling bandits towards a comprehensive, proactive offensive that takes the battle to the criminals and uproots them. As a sub-national, with no direct control of any of the security agencies, we cannot make this task more difficult by giving criminals the resources to acquire more arms.
“KDSG regrets the recent kidnaps and killings of students from tertiary institutions in our state, and we sympathize with their families with whom we share the aim of the safe return of all the students. We mourn the dead students and we offer our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The ruthless and heartless resort of the kidnappers to murdering these young persons is part of their effort to further their blackmail and compel us to abandon our ‘no-ransom, no-negotiation’ policy. Are people bothering with the consequences of state surrender to hoodlums, or is the continued politicization of security challenges not going to make all of us ultimately victims of the insurgents?
“The fact that criminals seek to hold us by the jugular does not mean we should surrender and create an incentive for more crime. In today’s Nigeria, it has become fashionable to treat the unlawful demands of bandits as worthy of consideration and to lampoon people who insist that outlaws should be crushed and not mollycoddled or availed the resources they can use to unleash further outrages.