Arrest, prosecute anyone negotiating with bandits on my behalf – El-Rufai

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Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai has ordered that anyone caught negotiating with bandits on his behalf or that of his government should be arrested and prosecuted.

The Governor made it clear in a statement through his Commissioner for Internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, stressing that there is no intermediaries appointed by him to negotiate with bandits.

“The attention of the Kaduna State Government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been drawn to reports in the media that it has appointed representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf.

“The Kaduna State Government hereby clarifies firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed.

“The position of the Kaduna State Government remains the same: the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransoms to bandits. Any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.

“Citizens are urged to report the details of any persons posing as official government negotiators to the Kaduna State Security Operatives”.

El-rufai has insisted that he will not negotiate with bandits nor pay ransom for any abduction, as the criminal elements are yet to release the about 39 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Mando, Kaduna.