Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has revealed that his government planned to attack and kill the bandits even if it meant some students would die in the process when the 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, were abducted.
According to the Governor El-Rufai, such action would only be considered as collateral damage and a price he would be willing to pay instead of paying ransom to the criminals.
The Kaduna State Governor spoke on Thursday during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group, while responding to a question on his refusal to negotiate with the criminal.
El-Rufai further revealed that before the planned attack could be carried out, the bandits hurriedly changed location.
“Two days after the abduction of the Afaka young people, I was assured by the air force and the army that they knew where the kidnappers were with the students and they had encircled [them],” the governor said.
“We were going to attack them. We would lose a few students but we would kill all the bandits and we would recover some of the students.
“That was our plan. That was the plan of the air force and the army… But they slipped through the cordon of the army. That is why they were not attacked.
“We know it is risky, we know in the process we may lose some of the abductees but it is a price we have to pay.
“This is war, there will always be collateral damage in war and we will rather do that than pay money because paying money has not solved the problem anywhere in the world,” he said.
It was reported that the remaining abducted 29 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, regained their freedom on Wednesday
A source told newsmen in Kaduna that their freedom was facilitated by Sheikh Ahmad Gummi Dialogue committee with the collaboration of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.