The Niger State Government says dictation to the the gunmen who abducted students and staff of Government Science College Kagara, Niger State is not an option.
Alhaji Ibrahim Matane, Secretary to the Niger State Government has revealed to newsmen that discussion with the bandits is ongoing.
“We can’t rush them (bandits) even if we have time, we can’t dictate to them. I believe they are taking their time but at the appropriate time, when we have other information, the public will know,” he said.
He also denied rumours of federal government paying a huge ransom of N800 million, that government cannot afford to pay such outrageous amount.
He had asked the bandits to support the government in securing the release of the abducted passengers of Niger State Transport Authority and the victims of Kagara.
Accompanied by Sheik Ahmad Gumi, prominent Islamic Scholar, Matane had met with bandits at Dutsen Magaji, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger, on Friday.