The Kaduna State Police Command revealed its reason for negotiating with abductors of the six female students, a teacher and a matron, taken from their school on October 3.
Ali Janga, Commissioner of Police in the state, said at a news conference on Wednesday in Kaduna that the police opted to talk to the kidnappers so as not to put the lives of the girls at risk.
The six girls and two staffers of Engravers College were abducted on Thursday night.
“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 their lives.
“Most of these kidnappers are operating under the influence of hard drugs, so killing is nothing to them, 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.
“Mistake has been made by the school authority, but we will do our best to ensure the release of these victims,” the police commissioner said.
Meanwhile, Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, who was at the briefing, urged people of state to volunteer information to the police in order to ease their work.
“I call on the media to also do the needful by enlightening the public that police are partners in progress,” he said.