The Kaduna State Government has warned that anyone who negotiates with bandits, claiming to be doing so on behalf of it will be arrested and prosecuted.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement today, April 4, rejected media report that the state government had appointed intermediaries to negotiate with bandits on its behalf.
“The attention of the Kaduna State Government, under the leadership of Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, has been drawn to reports in the media that it has appointed representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf.
”The State Government hereby, clarifies firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed.”
Samuel Aruwan said that the position of the Kaduna Government remained the same and that the state would not negotiate with, or pay ransom to bandits, and “any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.
“Citizens are advised to report the details of any persons posing as official government negotiators to the Kaduna State Security Operations.”