..Say’s “We’re not just saying we’ll not negotiate with bandits, We’re using military Force
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Governor Nasir el-rufai has revealed the reasons why his government refused to negotiate with bandits to secure release.of abductees.
El-Rufai who disclosed this while speaking on Afaka 27 students, in Webinar, zoom lens interview organized by African leadership group and hosted by Pastor of Trinity house church Ituah lghodalo, said the Air Force and Army had assured of the strategy they were going to used.
The Governor who restated his earlier stands against negotiating with bandits, said their rejection of negotiation “does not mean they were not doing anything, insisting that military force would be used in rescuing abductees.
“We’re not just saying we’ll not negotiate with bandits, we try to track them, engaged them using military force. “We know it’s risky, we know in the process we may lose some the students.
According to him, army had already circled and know the area the students of Afaka 27 and their Kidnappers hideout were before they were released.
He however lamented that the military rescued plan had been drawn up but was aborted at the last moment when the bandits shifted base.
The Governor further explained that that strategies was that while the Air Force would strike from the Air the Army would engaged them on the ground.
“We’re going to attack them, we may lose a few students, but will attacks the bandits and recover some of the students, that is our plans and that’s the plans of the army”, he said.
He said the they were circled before the bandits shifted through the cordon of the army, which was the reason they were not engaged before the Afaka 27 released.
“We’re not just saying we’ll not negotiate with bandits, we try to track them, engaged them, using military force.
“We know it’s risky, we know in the process we may lose some the students.