- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has called for a joint effort between the security agencies and the citizens to end banditry in Nigeria
- El-Rufai made the call on Thursday, April 8, in Kaduna during a town hall meeting
- The governor said that the government must ensure all bandits are treated like criminals
Following the incessant killings and abduction of innocent citizens of Nigeria, the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai has declared that all bandits must be eliminated from the country.
The Guardian reports that El-Rufai said the bandits have lost their rights to life under the constitution.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor made this known during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the state ministry of information and culture held in Kaduna on Thursday, April 8.
”The bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying."
According to him, security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorists, recover and restore the forest to enable the law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.
Vanguard also reports that El-Rufai stated that no one in a position of responsibility can deny the need for sustained action against criminals, adding that security operations that were more proactive would cripple the outlaws and reassure ordinary citizens.
He said that government must Identify and deal with non-state actors and others challenging the existence of the country.
The governor advised that security forces should be increased and be well equipped to deal with the insurgency, adding that the judiciary must also be decentralised to serve justice.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that bandits were killed eight persons in separate incidents in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas of Kaduna state.
It was reported that the bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road around Kadanye village in Kajuru local government area and opened fire on a bus and a truck carrying firewood, killing five people.