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Declare Bandits As Terrorists, Gov El-Rufai Urges FG

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has asked the Federal Government to declare bandits in the North-West of Nigeria as “insurgents” or “terrorists”.

The governor made the call after receiving the third quarter security report from the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna on Wednesday.

According to him, declaring the bandits as terrorists would enable the Nigerian military to attack and kill “these bandits without any major consequences in the international law.”

El-Rufai said the state government had since 2017 written to the federal government on the need to declare bandits as terrorists, saying they don’t deserve mercy and should not be allowed to live.

Thde governor said, “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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