The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi has disclosed that the need to follow due process was responsible for the delay in declaring bandits as terrorists.
Magashi, who stated this on Friday, in Maiduguri, explained that there was a procedure that needed to be observed before such declaration.
“We are not declaring them terrorists because there is a procedure for doing that.
“When the procedure is followed, they will be classified as terrorists. We are waiting for the procedure to be completed,” he said.
The minister, who was in Maiduguri with the Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor and Service Chiefs on an assessment visit of the fight against insurgency in the Northeast, have expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded so far.
He noted that his team met with the Theatre Commander and other component commanders to deliberate on the next phase of operations.
He added that the meeting identified problems that required urgent attention to enhance the operations.