A former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, has cautioned against the payment of ransom to bandits.
According to the former Vice-President, this would cause unmitigated destruction, in the long run.
Atiku made this known via a Twitter post on Monday, March 15.
He also urged government to ensure law and order towards ensuring security.
“We must also stop paying ransom at random. It is a short term solution that will cause much long term destruction.
“We must, as a nation, impose law and order now, or we will bequeath lawlessness and disorder to the next generation. And may God forbid that.”
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The activities of banditry have been on the rise in the Northern part of the country.
Most of the students and residents who were abducted were later released by the bandits.
Following their release, speculations were rife that state governments had paid ransom to bandits to effect their release.