- Bandits deserve no pity and should be killed, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Usman, has insisted
- According to the traditional ruler, immediately the criminals go after peoples lives, they don't deserve to live
- Going further, Usman declared that governments at all levels must rise and punish the bandits accordingly
In what will gladden the heart of many Nigerians, given its bluntness, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Usman, declared death for bandits.
According to the respected emir, bandits killing people in the northwest deserve nothing but death, Premium Times reports.
He declared this while speaking during a security stakeholders' meeting in Katsina.
He insisted that since the bandits have decided to go after people’s lives, they also ”don’t deserve to live”.
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Going further, he called for speedy prosecution of the criminals. He said the delay in prosecuting them will be counterproductive since it won't serve as a deterrent.
In fact, he said state, federal and local governments must rise and punish the bandits accordingly.
He argued that no one should resort to banditry in the name of settling scores.
Bandits outnumber security personnel, says Gov Aminu Masari
Meanwhile, Katsina state governor, Mallam Aminu Masari says bandits in the northwest outnumber the security personnel in the region.
Masari made the comment when he received the minister of information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who visited the state to get firsthand information on ongoing operations against banditry.
How to end banditry in the north
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, the well-read Islamic cleric who is becoming increasingly popular, had earlier made suggestions on how the federal government can resolve the issue of banditry in the north.
Gumi stated that there is nothing wrong if the government establishes what he called a federal ministry of nomadic affairs.
According to him, this ministry will address grievances and complaints from such persons, and also take care of repentant insurgents.
Bandits reportedly convert classrooms to hideouts in Northern state
Earlier, the increased activities of bandits are mounting pressure on schools to shut down to the advantage of the
It was reported that the insurgents recently forced the headmaster of a primary school in Birnin Magaji local government area of the state to close lessons for the day so that they can sleep in the classroom.
Legit.ng gathered that residents of the area who spoke with journalists disclosed that the headmaster had no choice but to abruptly send the pupils home knowing the grave consequences of disobeying the bandits.