No Negotiations With Students' Kidnappers Warns Nigerian State

Authorities in Kaduna State have warned that they will prosecute anyone who negotiates with the kidnappers of 39 missing students, as parents called for their rescue. The students were taken from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Kaduna in March 2021. Parents have appealed to the national government to negotiate for their release, but it has refused to do so. Meanwhile, the Kaduna State government has announced that five of the students have been rescued by security operatives and are now receiving treatment at a military health facility. Kidnapping has become rampant in many parts of Nigeria. The northern part of the country has increasingly become a hub for large criminal gangs who raid villages, killing and taking residents hostage, after looting and torching homes. Between December 2020 and March 2021, there were at least five student-related kidnappings in the northern region.

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Nigerian schoolboys (file photo).

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