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The Federal Government has again denied paying ransom for release of the recently kidnapped schoolchildren from Kuriga village in Kaduna State.

The stand of the federal government was made known by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, to the State House correspondents on Monday, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, which was presided over by President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 He said: “As promised by Mr. President, they have been rescued. No ransom was paid.”

The Minister expressed President Tinubu’s gratitude to the National Security Adviser (NSA), Service Chiefs, and all those who played crucial roles in securing the students’ release.

Recall that recently President Tinubu had vowed that the Federal Government would not pay any ransom to secure the release of abducted victims. But some analysts believe that money exchanged hands before the release of the school children.

The Minister further revealed that President Tinubu has charged security agencies to intensify efforts to halt the menace of kidnapping across the country.

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