Following the spate of attacks, killings, and kidnappings by bandits in the northern region, at least seven northwest governors have been tasked with ending banditry in the zone.
Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu, revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari mandated himself as well as his counterparts to ensure the urgent restoration of normalcy in the region.
The Punch reports that Bagudu, who also serves as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum, made the disclosure in Birnin-Kebbi.
The governor noted that the Nigerian leader was fully committed to adequately protecting the lives and property of all law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the country.
The following are the governors mandated by Buhari to put an end to banditry in the northwest, according to The Guardian;
1. Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state
2. Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna state
3. Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state
4. Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state
5. Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state
6. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state
7. Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state
Why bullets alone can’t stop bandits
Earlier, a former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, advised the federal government to deploy the use of technology to check banditry and other forms of crimes in the country.
Jonathan gave the advice on Sunday, July 18, during a speech at the 50th birthday celebration of a former minister of aviation, Osita Chidoka, in Abuja.
He stated that bullets and other forces of arms alone cannot stop armed robberies, banditry, and other forms of criminality in the country.
Northern governor approves death by hanging of convicted bandits
Meanwhile, a new law that recommends death by hanging in public for convicted kidnappers, cattle rustlers, and their informants has been signed by Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state.
Bello in a statement shared on his Facebook page on Friday, July 16, said he assented to some laws which include anti-kidnapping and cattle rustling law.
According to the governor, the Kidnapping and Cattle Rustling Special Provisions Law of 2016 was amended to provide punishment of informants and all those involved in aiding and abetting the criminals.