- The federal government has confirmed that the location of bandits are known to the country's armed forces
- The spokesman of the government, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known during a press briefing
- Alhaji Mohammed noted that the refusal to invade such hideouts is a cautious strategy not to hurt civilians held hostage by the criminals
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the federal government knows where bandits are located, but they are only being careful.
The minister further said the insinuation in some quarters that the government was clueless was unfounded, adding that the result of the Buhari administration's efforts would soon be evident.
A statement seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 11, noted that the minister made the comments on the same day while addressing journalists in Lagos.
According to him, the refusal of the military to invade hideouts of the criminals is to reduce minimal casualties of the side of civilians held hostage in such camps.
He said caution ought to be applied in such situations to ensure those that are supposed to be saved don't end up as victims.
“Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue.
“Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges.”
Earlier, the minister vowed that it will apply an overwhelming force on known or unknown gunmen responsible for attacks on security forces across the country.
Alhaji Mohammed described the deadly attacks on soldiers the police, customs, and other security agents as a dangerous trend, warning that such conduct is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the federal government.
The minister also revealed that about 400 suspects will be prosecuted for allegedly funding terrorism in Nigeria.
He said the announcement to prosecute the suspects was made by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and minister of justice.