The Ogun State Police has on Tuesday insisted that it will not negotiate or encourage negotiation of ransom for payment and rescue of the teacher and students recently kidnapped in the school.
It will be recalled that some yet-to-be identified gunmen recently invaded the the Nigerian-Turkish International College, Isheri area of Ogun State and kidnapped a female teacher, a cook, a house mistress and five students.
It will be noted that some of the parents claimed that they have received communication from the kidnappers and they have started negotiation for the release of their children. The Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi has however explained that the police are not party to any discussion on ransom.
The kidnappers had demanded payment of N1.2 billion from the families of the abductees.
The police spokesperson insisted that the payment of ransom to criminals would further encourage crime.
“The police will not be party to any discussion on ransom. We don’t encourage anybody to pay ransom to any kidnapper. If you pay such money, you are encouraging them. When they demand for ransom and you don’t pay them, they will no longer see it as a business that is viable. We have been giving the mandate to rescue them unhurt and to bring the perpetrators to book. We are working assiduously to achieve this.
“I will advise that there shouldn’t be anything like negotiation of how much to be paid to the kidnappers. We are not party to that and we will not encourage it.”
He described the situation as unfortunate and assured that the command in collaboration with other sister agencies are working hand in hand to make sure that the victims were rescued unhurt.