- Bandits are in possession of about 60, 000 AK-47 rifles in six Northern states of the country according to reports
- The bandits are said to be in about 20 camps Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger states
- According to a media report, each of the dreaded 120 terror groups possesses more than 500 AK-47 rifles
In what will shock Nigerians, the numbers of bandits' camps and rifles they possess across six northern states have been revealed.
According to a senior lecturer in the Department of History, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Dr Murtala A. Rufa’i, there are 120 terrorist camps that are in possession of 60, 000 AK-47 rifles, Tribune Newspaper reports.
The states are Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger and each of the 120 terror groups possesses more than 500 AK-47 rifles.
He traced terrorist activities from 2011, also said over 12,000 lives have been lost to terrorism in Zamfara state alone.
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Going further, he added that about 250,000 livestock had been rustled, while 120 villages were destroyed and over 50, 000 villagers displaced by terrorists in the period under review, Daily Trust added.
He made this known at a public lecture organised by the university as part of seminar series on banditry in the North-West zone.
We’ve been praying for Buhari but can’t see result, Sheikh Khalid, Chief Imam says
Legit.ng also reported that Sheikh Muhammad Khalid, the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Juma’at mosque, Abuja, has revealed that prayers cannot solve the insecurity situation in the country.
According to the respected cleric, nothing more can de done because cleric have been praying for president Muhammadu Buhari with no positive results.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have continued to applauded the cleric for his outspokenness.
"God bless and keep u for us. This country need fearless people of u kind who can stand and speak out boldly without fear of any body. We need more of your type sir, very bold and courageous."
Banditry: FG can create ministry of nomadic affairs - Gumi
Meanwhile, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, the well-read Islamic cleric who is becoming increasingly popular, has made suggestions on how the federal government can resolve the issue of banditry in the north.
In an article that seemed like a reply to Femi Adesina's backlash, Gumi noted that amnesty should be followed by rehabilitation, reconciliation, and reparation of persons who have been severely affected by banditry.
In fact, the Sheikh stated that there is nothing wrong if the government establishes what he called a federal ministry of Nomadic affairs.
He opined that the ministry will address grievances and complaints from such persons, adding that this will also take care of repentant insurgents who claimed that their colleagues were extra-judicially killed after surrendering to the military.