Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai while presenting his state’s annual security report for 2020 on Wednesday has said that Nigeria must unleash force to combat banditry that is holding the nation by the jugular. The report has data and analyses of the main security issues in the state.
In his recommendations, El-Rufai said, to be able to crush the bandits and other violent criminals, the police and other security agencies need to be adequately funded and equipped.
He said his administration will never negotiate with criminals or consider granting them amnesty. The Governor who further stressed that banditry has severely impacted the rural economy and shaken the confidence of citizens, also noted that, bandits, cattle rustlers and armed militias “must be degraded and decimated to a state of unconditional submission to constituted authority.”
“Criminal gangs, bandits, insurgents and ethno-religious militias made a conscious choice to challenge Nigeria’s sovereignty and menace our citizens. These criminals must be wiped out immediately and without hesitation.
“It has driven farmers from their land, putting food security at risk, displaced communities, stolen property and deprived people of their right to life. We must put a stop to these criminal acts and enable our people to live their lives in peace and safety. This is a most urgent task,” he said.