Declare Bandits As Insurgents Or Terrorists – Governor El-Rufai To FG
Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has requested that the Federal Government label bandits terrorizing Nigerians in the North-West geopolitical zone as “insurgents” or “terrorists.”
On Wednesday, October 20, Governor El-Rufai made the announcement after hearing the third quarter security report from the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House in Kaduna.
Declaring robbers to be terrorists or insurgents, he claims, would allow the Nigerian military to start killing them without fear of international repercussions.
“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”the governor said
In his last report, the Commissioner stated that bandits killed 343 people, abducted 830 people, and injured 210 people, including women and minors, in the third quarter of the year in the state.
”The operations against the bandits that began in this last quarter are degrading bandits, but are not yet simultaneous across all the affected states in the North-West region. That explains the limitations that our personnel and other resource deficits have imposed on federal security agencies.
There are simply no enough boots on the ground to have credible deployment to most places, deter crime, and restore order. That is the reality that we face.
Many state governments in the North-West and North-Central have adopted a non-conventional approach to help the security agencies to better protect our communities. In our own case, we have about 900 trained and vetted vigilantes personnel working with the security agencies.
However, we still observed that there is no alternative to launching simultaneous operations in all states.” Aruwan said