By Abba Gwale
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says most developed countries of the world including United State of America are also experiencing school kidnapping adding that the crime is not only peculiar to Nigeria
He revealed this on Channels Television during a program ‘News Night, where he said the Nigerian government would not pay ransom to secure the release of the abducted students and members of staff of Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State.
Muhammad said government was employing kinetic and non-kinetic means to ensure the release of the abductees.
“Even in the most developed countries of this world, school kidnapping takes place. Last year, in the US, we all witnessed three of four school kidnappings, and that is in probably one of the most developed countries in the world”, Muhammad said.
He said “The thing about terrorism is that the terrorists don’t live by your own rules and they are especially interested in soft targets. They know that what is going to get global attention is kidnapping school children.”
“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.”
“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. Anywhere in the world, this is how terrorists operate but the most important thing is to learn from what is happening and adapt.”
SAHELIAN TIMES reported that gunmen abducted students and staff of government secondary school Kagara after they stormed the village, they also kidnapped residents during the operation.
Last week, Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, had ordered the immediate closure of all boarding schools in the bandit-ravaged areas.
While in their weekly sitting, the Nigerian Senate had also asked the President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security without further delay.