Kidnapped victims must stop paying ransom – Katsina SGS
The Secretary to the Government of the State, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has frowned against payment of ransom by kidnapped victims or their family members saying that the act is fueling the crime.
Mustapha Inuwa gave this advice in an interview with newsmen in Katsina.
According to him, family members should stop paying ransom and in any unfortunate circumstances where kidnapped victim is killed, the government should pay compensation to the family.
“Another important issue that the government will need to do is to sensitize the populace of the implication of paying ransom.
“Once ransom will continue to be paid, these people will find it very difficult to stop their crime, because in a situation where you kidnap somebody and receive millions of naira, tell me what business will they do to earn this money within a week or so?
“We can understand it is a very delicate situation because you cannot tell somebody whose loved one is kidnapped not to pay ransom because the major fear is they will be killed. It is a dicey situation but people have to make sacrifices.
“Other countries stopped kidnappings by refusing to pay ransom but anybody killed in the process, government paid compensation to the family.
“People now connive to kidnap their relations, associates and neighbours simply because of what they will get from ransom collected. Kidnapping has become lucrative. We must stop it by not paying ransom.”