- Kaduna state senator, Shehu Sani, says the northern region of the country is under siege
- According to the senator, the northwest is experiencing armed bandits
- Going further, Sani said the north central is experiencing herdsmen attack while the northeast is ravaged by insurgents
Senator Shehu Sani on Tuesday, April 23, urged governments to take more proactive measures to address the overwhelming security challenges facing the northern part of the country.
Sani spoke while receiving groups from Birnin Gwari, Chikun local government areas and representatives of Zamfara indigines resident in Kaduna.
The groups presented a letter of complaint on the insecurity challenges facing them in their various communities for onward submission to the National Assembly.
Sani said the entire northern region was currently under siege and being faced with various security challenges.
“Today the entire northern Nigeria is under siege. In the north west, it is the armed bandits, the north central is experiencing herdsmen attacks and the north east is ravaged by insurgents. In Kajuru, it is Muslims and Christians against one another, in Birnin Gwari it is banditry and kidnapping and along Kaduna Abuja Highway, it is kidnapping," he said.
Sani, however, blamed the challenges of the region on the lukewarm attitude of the northern political leaders.
According to the senator, one of the problems of northern leaders is sycophancy which is now making the region bleed with overwhelming killings. He urged residents of the affected areas to rise to face the situation by challenging those in the position of authority to do the needful and tackle the situation.
“The most ideal thing is to face the situation and question those that we have elected into positions of authority,” he said.
Leader of the Coalition of Birnin Gwari Associations Nasir Khalid, in the protest letter, said several communities had been under attack of bandits since the eve of the general elections to date.
He said no fewer than 40 drivers had been killed in the last three months, while several communities in Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina were ransacked.
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Khalid lamented that the various governments had continued to pay lip service towards addressing the situation. He appealed to the senator to deliver the letter to the Senate in particular for immediate intervention.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that no fewer than 10 armed bandits have been neutralised by the Air Task Force (ATF) at Sububu forest area of Zamfara state.
The director of public relations and information of Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, April 23.
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