The First Lady of Kaduna State Governor, Hajia Asia el-Rufai, has said no ransom should be paid in case she is kidnapped by bandits.

Hajia Asia also said Nigerians must sacrifice to end banditry and kidnapping currently ravaging the North-West geopolitical zone of the country.

El-Rufai’s wife stated this in Kaduna at a peace and security training workshop for Kaduna women organised by Equal Access International on Wednesday.

The participants were drawn from Chikun, Kajuru and Jema’a Local Government Areas of the state.

Hajia Asia said, “For as long as you continue to pay ransom, it is like you are adding kerosene to fire. you are giving bandits, kidnappers money for ammunition to continue to haunt you. We should not pay ransom. This is my personal opinion.

“I have said it before and I will say it again: if I am kidnapped, don’t pay any ransom. Rather, pray for me that if it is death, I go in a good way and if I am going to be released that I am not violated.”

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