The Federal Government says no ransom was paid for the release of the abducted Kuriga children in Kaduna State.

The Minister of Information, Mohammed Idris, who briefed Newsmen on Monday after the Federal Executive Council meeting, said the victims attained freedom through the unwavering efforts of security agencies in the country.

He maintained that President Bola Tinubu was determined to end the cycle of payment of ransom to kidnappers as government believes this encourages the criminals to carry out more abductions

Idris added that the security agencies were evolving and developing more strategies to protect the lives and property of every Nigerian.

With regards to questions asked on why the government had not reacted to statements made by Islamic scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, over banditry activities in the country, the minister said the government was open to constructive advice that would help in curbing insecurity in the country.

However, he warned that the Federal Government would not relent in dealing with anyone found to be making reckless comments capable worsening the security crises in the country.