Criminal gangs must be wiped out without hesitation – El-Rufai

March 10, 2021
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Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday insisted that his administration would never negotiate or grant amnesty to bandits terrorising the state.

El-Rufai stated this while receiving the report of ‘the security situation in Kaduna State, ‘1st January to 31st December 2020,’  as presented by  the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, at the Government House, Kaduna on Wednesday.

The governor maintained that bandits and other criminal elements would be treated as “criminals” in the state.

He said, “We won’t negotiate or grant amnesty to them (bandits).”

“Banditry has severely impacted the rural economy and shaken the confidence of citizens. 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.

“Our position in Kaduna State has been clear; bandits, cattle rustlers and armed militias must be degraded and decimated to a state of unconditional submission to constituted authority.

“We will neither negotiate with criminals of any description nor support any grant of amnesty. 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.”

While presenting the report before the governor, top military officers, traditional rulers and   security stakeholders,  Aruwan said between January 1 and December 31, 2020, bandits killed no fewer than 937 persons while 1,972 were kidnapped and 7,195 cattle were rustled in the state.

The commissioner noted that of the total number of 937 persons killed by bandits in the state, Kaduna Central Senatorial District recorded the highest figure with 617 while 286 were killed in Southern Kaduna Senatorial District and 34 in Kaduna North Senatorial District.

According to him, of the total figure of 937 deaths recorded, four local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa and Chikun accounted for 468 of the deaths which is 50 per cent of the fatalities for the entire state.

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