The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to stamp out banditry and kidnapping crimes in the country.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retired), said this on Friday evening, following the latest abduction of school girls from Government Girl’s Junior Secondary School, Jangebe, in Zamfara.
The statement that was released on Twitter read, “State Governments must review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles. Such a policy has the potential to backfire with disastrous consequences. States and Local Governments must also play their part by being proactive in improving security in & around schools.”
The statement further said that criminals operating in the country should not think they are bigger than the Government.
“Our primary objective is to get all the school hostages safe, alive and unharmed. A hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors. Let bandits, kidnappers and terrorists not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government.”
“They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution. Let me say this again: We will not succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who target innocent school students in the expectation of huge ransom payments.”