Kaduna Govt Denies Hiring Private Negotiator For Release Of Kidnapped Students

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The Kaduna State government has denied report in a section of the media that it has engaged a private negotiator to negotiate and facilitate the release of the 287 kidnapped pupils of Lea Primary School and students of Government Secondary School, Kuriga in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.



A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mohammed Shehu, described the media report as false and mischievous.



The statement categorically said that the Kaduna State government did not hire any private negotiator, neither is it contemplating making such a move.



It, therefore, urged the media to be cautions in the way they publicize security stories in order not to jeopardize the efforts of government and security agencies in degrading criminal elements laying siege in communities across the state.



287 students and pupils were kidnapped by bandits at a government secondary and primary school at Kuriga community in Chikun Local Government Area on Thursday.


Meanwhile, The Vice President Kashim Shettima has met with the leaders of the Kuriga community in Kaduna State and the representatives of families of students abducted in the state.



Close to 300 students of LEA Primary School and Government Secondary School in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State were abducted earlier in the week.



But at the meeting at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna, Shettima assured of the government’s resolve to ensure the students are rescued.



Governor, Malam Balarabe Abbas, the Minister of Environment, the Right Honorable Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Yusuf Liman and other senior government officials welcomed the Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima at the Airforce Base in Kaduna.


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