- Bandits have been asked to vacate forests in the northwest
- Failure to do this, governors have vowed to deal mercilessly with them
- Meanwhile, the criminals might be forgiven if they truly surrender their arms
Bandits in the northwest have a chance to bag the forgiveness of governors, according to Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari.
Masari said governors will forgive bandits who surrender their arms, but if they fail to do this, they are to vacate forests in the northwest or face the wrath of security agencies.
The governor said this was done in efforts to flush out illegal elements and hoodlums who launch sporadic attacks from those forests, The Nation reports.
He disclosed this during a special Hausa programme aired on Liberty TV.
“Whoever remains in the forest would be regarded as a bandit. Therefore, the security forces will deal with them ruthlessly.”
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The rise in terrorists’ activities, banditry, and abductions across the country has become a source of concern for a lot of Nigerians.
In light of this, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), the minister of defence, insinuated that Nigeria is in a critical situation.
Magashi made the disclosure at a National Defence and Security Summit organised by the Defence Headquarters on Monday, March 22.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of playing politics with the issue of insecurity throughout Nigeria.
The Rivers governor claimed that this is why banditry and violence, especially in the north, has come to stay.
He went on to state that if the government had fought the menace then, things will not be as bad as they are now.
In a related development, Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, gave Nigerians the assurance that peace would soon be restored across the country.
The defence chief disclosed this after he was decorated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 5.
He said the nation will soon be liberated from insecurity. Irabor who was promoted to a four-star general added that people cannot continue to live in fear in Nigeria.
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