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Kidnapping: President Tinubu Declares Zero Tolerance for Payment of Ransom, as FEC approves N757bn for Obajana – Benin Road


President Bola Tinubu has directed the Minister of Defense and security agencies to ensure that all the students that were recently abducted in the Kajuru area of Kaduna State are rescued and brought to safety.

The president also expressed zero tolerance for payment of ransom to kidnappers by directing that no ransom must be paid on any of the kidnapped victims in the process of rescuing them.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council FEC meeting presided over by President Tinubu at the State House, Abuja.

The Minister assured Nigerians that security agencies are working assiduously to ensure that the trend of banditry, terrorism and criminality becomes a thing of the past in the country.

He also assured that government has no plan to pay any criminal group a dime for their rescue of kidnapped victims, while being optimistic that the abductees will be brought back to their families safely.

The FEC also approved augmentation of N757bn for Obajana in Lokoja to Benin Road, a total of 244km and 489km dualized.

According to the Minister of Works, David Umahi, N2.23bn was also approved for the Isheri-Ogun Road and N114bn for protection of Outer Marina shoreline.

“We got approval for the construction of Isheri north, Lagos route, which is to connect Ogun state. This is an alternative route to Lagos – Shagamu Road and we’re going to toll this Lagos-Shagamu when completed,* Umahi said.

Meanwhile the federal government has cleared the misconception about the Student Loan Scheme, saying that a new date will be announced for the proper launch of the program in a short time.

Addressing this issue, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga said President Tinubu is committed to success of the scheme and will make it realisable.

Also the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari disclosed to newsmen that distribution of grains has commenced at state level.

He said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is working with the office of the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu to ensure the successful distribution of 42,000 metric tonnes of grains.

He however could not give further details for security reasons.


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