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El-Rufai “empathises” with parents of kidnapped students

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Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has “deep empathy’’ for parents of the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, his Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, has disclosed.

Mr Aruwan, in a statement issued on Friday, April 17, in Kaduna, said El-Rufai was making spirited efforts to secure the release of the abducted students.

“Contrary to the mischief in some sections of the media, the bond between El-Rufai and the parents of the abducted students is “deep’’, amidst spirited efforts to secure their release.

“The governor will continue to work hard until banditry is contained, without succumbing to the emotional blackmail and gradual politicisation of the unfortunate situation,’’ the commissioner stated.

El-Rufai explained that a statement issued by the government in which it warned impostors who had been presenting themselves as government-appointed emissaries seeking to negotiate with bandits across the state, had nothing to do with the parents or the relatives of the abducted students.

“It was rather directed primarily to some individuals exploiting the security situation in the state and neighbouring states,’’ Aruwan said.

He said the state government would not “join issues with the parents whose pains we understand and with whom we share the common goal of the return of all the abducted students’’.

The commissioner said the state government would continue to work toward crushing banditry, kidnapping and other acts of criminality in Kaduna State.

We believe that most people of goodwill share this desire, and we urge everyone to be wary of those who see in the misery of others an opportunity for needless controversies,” Aruwan said.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army says troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) has eliminated 13 top commanders and scores of fighters of Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Borno.

The Director, Nigerian Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima in a statement on Friday, April 16, said that the feat was achieved by well-coordinated operations of both air and land troops

Yerima said that several terrorists had met their waterloo in attempts to overrun Damasak and adjoining communities in the Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno.

He disclosed that senior ISWAP commander known as Bukar Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha) and scores of his fighters; who were on a revenge mission at Damasak, fell to the firepower of Nigerian troops on Thursday.

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He said that the terrorist was neutralised as they made a come-back; following the killing of 12 high-value ISWAP commanders in the Mobbar Local Government Area; in a week-long air and ground operations by Nigerian troops.

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