We will not succumb to blackmail tactics, Buhari warns bandits



 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest abduction of hundreds of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Zamfara State as inhumane and totally unacceptable, sending out a strong warning to bandits and their sponsors.

 

Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President disclosed this in a statement.

 

According to Shehu ,  while reacting to the incident on Friday, President Buhari said that “this will not succumb to blackmail by bandits target innocent school students in the expectations of huge ransom payments.”

 

 

The President, further said, “no criminal group can be too strong to be defeated by the government,” adding that, “the only thing standing between our security forces and the bandits are the rules of engagement.”

 

“We have the capacity to deploy massive force against the bandits in the villages where they operate, our limitation is the fear of heavy casualties of innocent villagers and hostages might be used as human shields by the bandits,” he said, stressing that “our primary objective is to get the hostages safe, alive and unharmed.”

 

Buhari noted that “a hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors.”

 

He warned the bandits: “ them not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution.”

 

The President appealed to state “to review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles, warning that the policy might boomerang disastrously.”

 

He also advised states and local to be more proactive by security around schools and their surroundings.

 

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February 26, 2021