Abducted students: We were to bombard the bandits, even with collateral damage, says El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State made a
revelation on Thursday, 6 May, during a webinar
organised by the Africa Leadership Group, tagged:
‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’. It was organised
by Ituah Ighodalo, Pastor of Trinity House Church,
Lagos.
He spoke about the abducted 29 students of the
Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka,
Kaduna State. He revealed that the plan was to
“attack and kill the bandits even if it meant some
students would die in the process.”
Kaduna, according to him, is currently at war and
“such would only be considered as collateral
damage, a price we would be willing to pay
instead of paying ransom.”
Before the bombardment could be carried out
though, the bandits changed their hide-out, a
situation that made the captives spend 30 days
with the criminals.
According to the Kaduna Governor:
“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.”

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