Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai would continue to work hard until banditry was contained, without succumbing to emotional blackmail and gradual politicization of abduction of students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, and other citizens in captivity.
In a statement, Aruwan said contrary to the mischief in some sections of the media, the bond between the governor and the parents of the abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, and other citizens in captivity, was that of deep empathy amid spirited efforts to secure them.
“The Governor will continue to work hard until banditry is contained, without succumbing to emotional blackmail and gradual politicization of the unfortunate situation.
“For instance, some section of the media have been reporting the parents responses to purported threat by the Governor to prosecute them, which is simply false and deeply mischievous.
“The statement of the Government warning impostors who have been presenting themselves as Government-appointed emmissaries to negotiate with bandits across the State, has nothing to do with the parents or relatives of the abducted students or any other person in captivity.
“It was rather directed primarily to some identified individuals exploiting the security situation in the State, and neighboring States,” the statement read.
He added that the State Government would not join issues with the parents whose pain they understand and with whom they share the common goal of the return of all the abducted students.
Aruwan said the state government continued to work towards crushing banditry, kidnapping and other acts of criminality menacing the people and communities.
“We believe that most people of goodwill share this desire, and we urge everyone to be wary of those who see in the misery of others only an opportunity for needless controversy,” he said.