The Kaduna State Police Command said on Wednesday it has opted for negotiations to free six abducted female students and two teachers of Engravers College, Kaduna.
The command said they opted to negotiate the release of the victims with the kidnappers despite knowing the location of the gang, but cannot infiltrate their hideout or use a force to free the victims.
The State Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, stated this at a press briefing at the command headquarters in Kaduna.
He said: “We are negotiating with the kidnappers to rescue these students and their teachers. We know the location of the kidnappers but we do not want to endanger the lives of the victims.
“Most of these kidnappers are operating under the influence of hard drugs, so killing is nothing to the. This is why we are still negotiating with them and as soon as the victims are released, we will go after them.
“We are assuring the people of Kaduna State that we will arrest these kidnappers very soon.”
Some unidentified gunmen had abducted six school girls alongside their vice principal and a housemistress in the early hours of last Thursday at the school premises in Kakau Daji, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.
The kidnappers had earlier demanded a N10 million ransom to release the eight victims and later raised their demand to N80 million.
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