The federal government through the Minister of Information has maintained that there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits.
Bandits had stormed the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, and kidnapped several students, members of staff, and some members of their families.
Their activities have also been on the rise as they have become more emboldened in recent times especially in the Northern part of the country.
Governor Sani Bello of Niger State, had noted that his government was doing everything to rescue the victims, including facilitating negotiations with the bandits.
Lai Mohammed, responding to Nigerians who had spoken against the strategy of dialoguing with criminals, insisted there was no ransom paid.
The minister stated that nothing is wrong in dialoguing with bandits, as long as the ultimate objective is to make peace.
“After the war, people still sit to dialogue. So if some people have taken it upon themselves to visit these people so that they can embrace peace, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that,” the minister explained.