El-Rufai insists he will not negotiate with bandits, threatens to prosecute anyone negotiating release of 39 kidnapped students

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Sunday reiterated his position not to negotiate with kidnappers, saying he will prosecute anyone caught negotiating on behalf of the government for the release of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

The position of the governor was made known by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed that the State government has not appointed anyone to negotiate with the bandits for the release of the abducted students.

This is coming after the expiration of the 48-hour-ultimatum handed down to both the State and Federal Government to effect the release of the abducted students by the parents who protested over their children.

The parents of the abducted students are reportedly sending prominent people close to the governor to persuade him into entering negotiations with the bandits.

One of the parents Alhaji Ibrahim Shamaki, whose daughter spoke in Hausa in the viral video released by the bandits died of heart attack last week after days of trauma.

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