We Were Prepared To Lose Abducted Students In Planned Bandits Bombardment – El-Rufai

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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said security operatives working with the state government for the rescue of the 29 abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State, were ready to risk losing some of the students while bombarding the bandits.

El-Rufai, who spoke on Thursday during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group, said that the state is at war with the bandits.

He added that the death of the students in the bombardment would be seen as a collateral damage, saying it was a price the state government was willing to pay.

El-Rufai said, “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.”

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