A former Director of the Department of State Services, Mike Ejiofor, has blasted the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and his Zamfara State counterpart, Bello Matawalle, for laying the foundation of kidnapping by negotiating with bandits.
He accused the governors of allowing the abduction took place due to their negotiation with the bandits.
He said, “The state governments –both Zamfara and Katsina States –mistakenly laid the foundation for what is going on now; they started negotiation with the bandits who were not even ready to give up on their activities and this is what we are witnessing now.
“Even this Kankara incident, the governor came out to say they are negotiating, that is unacceptable. And you give these people the boldness and courage to continue to perpetrate this act.”
The former DSS director stated these while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Friday morning.
He noted that the best practice all over the world is to strengthen the security system and prosecute the criminals not to negotiate with bandits.
Ejiofor said, “I am not a pessimist but these things will continue to happen unless we strengthen the security of these states and take decisive actions. The Federal Government should take decisive actions against these bandits operating in the North-West. These well-organised bandits are looking for money. Anytime they do such kidnap, they are paid, and they use such money to buy more arms.”
“This definitely is not the work of Boko Haram but the work of bandits in the two states.
“It’s sad that they were moved from Kankara to Zamfara undetected by any security operative.”
Ejiofor also urged the security operatives to cross-examine the schoolboys before handing them over to their parents.
On Thursday night, Masari had announced the release of 344 abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
While on Friday morning, Gov. Masari received the schoolboys who were transported from Zamfara State insisting that no ransom was paid before the boys were released.