The Minister of Defence, Badaru Abubakar, and his State counterpart, Bello Matawalle, have denied allegations that the Federal Government was secretly negotiating with bandits in Zamfara State.

A statement credited to the Zamfara state governor, Dauda Lawal, alleging that the federal government was bargaining with the Zamfara terrorists to secure the release of abducted persons without the knowledge of the state government.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, had on Monday denied the allegations, adding that the Zamfara governor should rather appreciate the efforts of the security agents and FG.

However,  Badaru and Matawalle in a statement by the acting Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, Attari Hope, on Tuesday expressed confidence that the joint security task force working round the clock would rescue the students.