Nigeria President won’t pay a ransom to Kaduna kidnappers

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Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has said “not a dime” will be paid to kidnappers to release over 280 schoolchildren abducted last week.

The kidnappers, who contacted the families, are demanding a ransom of 1bn naira ($600,000; £470,000).

They have threatened to kill the captives if the demand is not met.

A local chief has told the about the harrowing conditions the children, aged between seven and 12, are experiencing in captivity.

On Wednesday, Tinubu directed security forces to ensure the children are released without any payment.

Kaduna state governor Uba Sani said they were “doing everything possible to ensure the safe return of the pupils and students.”Payment of ransom was made illegal in nigeria 2022

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