Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the kidnapping of students is not an anomalous crime to Nigeria, also saying that most of the developed countries in the world, United States included experience this heinous crime.
The minister stated this on Monday while being featured on Channels Television’s ‘News Night’ monitored by The PUNCH.
The minister also insisted that the government would not pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and staff members of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State. He added that the government was employing kinetic and non-kinetic means to ensure the release of the abductees.
“We must be careful, we can’t turn all our schools into barracks. What is important is intelligence gathering, surveillance rather than the physical presence of the soldiers or policemen.” The minister said. According to The Punch News.
The minister stated that “We are dealing with people who don’t think like me and you, we are dealing with people who don’t have any rules of engagement, we are dealing with people whose motivation is completely different from mine and yours. And anywhere in the world, this is how terrorists operate but the most important thing is to learn from what is happening and adapt.”
The attack on Wednesday happened a few months after bandits had kidnapped over 300 schoolboys from Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State.
However, the boys were released about six days later but it wasn’t clear whether any ransom was paid or not to secure their freedom.
Aside from Kankara and Kagara, criminal organisations had also abducted hundreds of secondary school girls from Chibok, in Borno State and Dapchi in Yobe State. Some of them eventually regained freedom while a number of them were detained in the enclaves of their abductors and sexual abusers.