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I’ll pray my son makes heaven if kidnapped by bandits — El-Rufai


Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has vowed he won’t pay ransom even if bandits succeed in kidnapping his son.

He said he was so against payment of ransom that he would rather pray his son made heaven if kidnapped than pay abductors.


El-Rufai spoke during a radio interview on Friday.

He said, “I mean it and I will say it again here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead because I won’t pay any ransom.”

He foreclosed paying ransom to secure the release of the students abducted by bandits from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna in March 11.


According to him, his government is “absolutely not paying ransom” but considering other means to ensure the students are returned to their parents.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government on Friday handed over another five out  of the 39 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation Mando in Igabi Local Government Area of the state released by bandits to their parents.

The  five students were released barely 72 hours after the first set of  five students were also released by the bandits on Thursday evening.

By this, the total numbers of the students freed so far  is 10, remaining 29 others still in their captors’ den.


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