Governor El-Rufai wants FG to declare bandits as terrorists

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare bandits terrorizing the Northwest of the country as terrorists or insurgents. This he said would allow the military to attack and decimate them without any major consequences in the international law.

The Governor made this known after receiving security report for the third quarter from the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Arunwan at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna , on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

The Governor recalled that the state government had in 2017 written to federal government on the issue of bandits, stressing that bandits do not deserve mercy and they should not be allowed to live.

His words:" We in the Kaduna State government had always urged for the declaration of bandits as insurgents and terrorists. We have written letters to the federal government since 2017 asking for this declaration because it is this declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in the international law.

"So we support the resolution by the National Assembly and we are going to follow up with a letter of support for the federal government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terrorists , so that there will be fair game for our military".

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