- The responsibility of the federal government is not to prosecute suspected kidnappers and bandits, according to Lai Mohammed
- The minister of information made the remark in reaction to statements credited to the opposition party, PDP
- According to Mohammed, both kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has reacted to statements credited to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) concerning Nigeria's security challenges.
The Punch reports that Mohammed maintained that the federal government's responsibility is not to prosecute suspected kidnappers and bandits.
He went on to berate the opposition saying for a party that ruled for 16 years it is shocking they not aware that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences
He was quoted as saying:
“Meanwhile, PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence, is concerned, this Federal Government has successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in Kainji, as part of a continuing exercise. We are now seeking the cooperation of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists.”
Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the PDP, said that under the current administration Boko Haram insurgents now act confidently. Secondus made the remark while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, May 3.
According to him, the insurgents had been pushed out by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, which led to the successful conduct of the 2015 elections.
In a related development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) said President Buhari has the capacity to end the current insecurity plaguing Nigeria.
This was in response to a communique issued by the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the state of the nation and recent happenings.
John Akpan Udoedehe, the national secretary of the APC caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee, in a statement, said the party shares the concerns of all well-meaning Nigerians, including the opposition party.