Northern governors to wipe out the bandits – Gov. El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Tuesday that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum has reached an agreement that bandits must be completely “wiped out” of the country as he charged security agencies to eliminate anyone found in the hideouts of bandits.

The governor stated these during an event on ‘Financing Safe School’, which held in Abuja.

Recall that El-Rufai’s position had clashed with that of some northern governors, particularly Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State, who advocated dialogue with bandits and amnesty.

He said, “Our position as governors and we are unanimous in this because we, the northern states’ governors, met with the President on this subject. Our unanimous position is to wipe out the bandits. Nobody living in that forest is innocent, and just kill them all. It is the only way to end this.

“We need the combination of air power, and we need troops on the ground augmented by local expertise and knowledge. We need just one, two, three months’ operation to just try to kill all the bandits.”

The Kaduna State governor, however, said there had been a decline in the operation of bandits across the northern parts of the country due to the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force.

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