According to Saharareporters, the military buddies of the abducted army major, Datong, who was kidnapped by bandits from the Nigeria Defence Academy a few weeks ago, are going to contribute to the ransom asked by the bandits in order to liberate the victim.
It should be noted that following the kidnapping, the bandits wanted a ransom of N200 million before releasing the victim. Despite the fact that military personnel began a search and rescue effort, the victim remains in the captivity of his kidnappers, and the operation has not yielded a favorable result.
Today, we’ ll look at three consequences that paying the ransom purportedly supplied by the victim’ s friend could have in the country if it’ s eventually given to the criminals.
Nigerians May Lose Confidence In The Military
The payment of a ransom in exchange for the release of a kidnapped army major could erode Nigerians’ trust in the military. This could also encourage prospective kidnap victims to pay ransoms sooner rather than later, rather than waiting for a security operative to rescue them from the kidnappers’ den.
Example Of Lost Of Confidence Can Be Seen In What Monarch Tells Army Panel
Dr Shekarau Masa Ibi (Kuvyo II), the Aku Uka of Wukari and head of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, claimed on Monday that Nigerians have lost faith in the military.
The monarch made the remark after receiving the Army Probe Panel, which is looking into allegations of military involvement with armed bandits in attacks on Taraba inhabitants and others across the country.
General Theophilus Danjuma recently accused the Armed Forces of collaborating with bandits to assassinate Nigerians, urging the populace to defend themselves.
” It is a well- known reality that the population of Nigeria have lost faith in the military, despite their track record of successful peace operations in other parts of the world, ” Aku Uka remarked, thanking the military leadership for convening the panel.
The Adviser to the Aku Uka on Media and Legal Affairs, Danjuma Adamu, presented the Wukari Traditional Council’ s position to the panel, saying that the high expectations of the people of the area following the deployment of soldiers for the Exercise Ayem Akpatuma were not met as attacks and killings continued.
Danjuma, who cited several cases of alleged military collusion, said that on several occasions, despite pleas from the council chairman and the traditional council, soldiers deployed in the area refused to defend the farming communities, lending credence to accusations that they were siding with the killer herdsmen.
According to him, Fulani militia invaded Sondi in the Kente district on October 19, 2015, killing 30 people, and residents of the hamlet accused military in the area of assisting the attackers.
Giving More Power And Relevance To The Bandits
Many bandits still fear Nigerian military personnel, but if a ransom is paid to release the abducted army major, this will lessen their dread of the military and give the bandits greater fervor and desire to wreak havoc across the country.
This is due to the fact that individuals who are meant to be in charge of delivering people from their grasp are themselves involved in ransom payments.
Create Fear In The Minds Of Nigerians.
If the claimed ransom is paid, further terror may be created in the minds of many Nigerians. People may be reluctant to leave their homes for fear of being kidnapped without a hope of being rescued, because those who are supposed to be on rescue missions are suddenly the ones paying ransom for their colleagues’ release.
If the Nigerian military pays a ransom to robbers and terrorists, the Nigerian military cannot be trusted to provide top security in the country. It was a big success for Americans to enter Nigeria’ s north east jungle and rescue a white man who had been kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Why can’ t nigeria millitary do the same thing? In fact it a shame if the millitary pay Ransom to bandits terrorists, nigeria should not rely on nigeria millitary again.
Example Of This Can Be Seen When Over 5, 000 Schools In Kaduna Were Shut Over Fear Of Bandits’ Abductions
Due to the ravaging operations of bandits and kidnappers who appear to have prioritized schools in the state for attacks, over 5, 000 public and private primary and secondary schools in Kaduna State have stayed closed for the time being.
The state government also issued a decree suspending the return of both public and private schools across the state, which triggered the shutdown.
Over 5, 000 private and public schools, both private and public, will be affected by the indefinite shutdown, according to the state ministry of education’ s Annual School Census Report 2018/2019/February 2020.
The state government said on Friday that school would resume on August 9, but that it had been postponed ” while awaiting further assessments by the security agencies. ”
The statement was jointly signed by the state Commissioner for Education, Shehu Mohammed, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and was captioned, ” Military operations delay school resumption, impede infrastructure projects in high- risk areas. ”
The government requested that school officials follow the security alert and that all infrastructure projects in high- risk regions be halted immediately.
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