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Stop Paying Ransom To Kidnappers, IGP Tells Victims


The Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Solomon Arase has urged victims of kidnapping to stop paying ransom and provide adequate information to the police to assist officers in doing their jobs.

Speaking at a counter-kidnap seminar organised by the British High Commission, with the trainers drawn from United Kingdom Anti-kidnapping Agency and the Swiss Crisis Management Unit, Arase assured of  his commitment to continue to drive reforms and strategic transformation of the Force in order to reposition for efficiency and effectiveness in its service delivery and advised against payment of ransom to kidnappers by victims’ families.

He noted that the seminar programme was being organised to boost the capabilities of the Nigeria Police particularly now that the country is battling with the menace of kidnapping across the country.

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He further noted that the seminar was in furtherance of the Nigeria Police Force efforts at addressing the current security challenges in the country,

The facilitators led by John Branney of the National Crime Agency – UK and Matthias Herter of Swiss Crisis Management Unit promised to deliver the training using United Nation’s kidnap manual which is used in Europe and other parts of the world, adding that the workshop will benefit the Nigeria Police Force tremendously.

The workshop which commenced on Monday will last for five days and it is among the Nigeria Police Force, the United Kingdom anti-kidnapping agency and the Swiss crisis management.

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