The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has said that their rescue plan after the abduction of 29 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Afaka Kaduna State by bandits was to bombard the bandits hideout, release some students then kill all the bandits.
According to Punch report, El-Rufai made this known on Thursday May 6, during a webinar organised by the African Leadership Group, When he was asked a question why he refused to negotiate with bandits at the event tagged; Developloping a Visable Nation 2” and hosted by Ituah Ighodalo, the Spiritual Director of the Trinity House Church.
El-Rufai further revealed that the rescue plan was unsuccessful because the bandits slipped through the cordon of the army.
His statement reads;
“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).
“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.”
The Governor who admitted that he had “lost weight” due to the insecurity in Kaduna State which he said was causing him sleepless nights, however claimed that insecurity in Kaduna was a child’s play compared to Katsina, Niger as well as Zamfara State.
He also added that the media only channelled their attention on his state because according to him it fitted into their narrative of ethnic clashes. El-Rufai claimed that in Niger and Katsina States, entire villages were chased out of their homes by bandits but nothing of such happened in Kaduna.