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Recruit more security, declare bandits terrorists, El-Rufai tells FG

Kaduna State Government has called for a consensus between the Federal Government and the 36 states on the emergency programme for the recruitment of at least one thousand security agents in each local government.

The State Governor, Nasiru Elrufai made the call while receiving the security situation report of Kaduna for the Third Quarter of this year.

Governor Nasiru Elrufai noted that government can change the game of insecurity significantly by hiring one thousand willing youths from each of the 774 local government areas.

Security personnel at the programme in Kaduna

“This will be a surge in numbers that is unprecedented since the civil war. An influx of 774,000 new boots on the ground will be a significant blow against criminals and an employment boost”, the Governor noted.

The governor also called on the Federal Government to declare bandits as terrorists, this he said will allow the military to kill them without consequences in international law.

According to him, his administration support the resolution by the National Assembly on the issue, adding that he will follow up with another letter of support for the government to declare the bandits as terrorists.

“We, in Kaduna State Government, have always aligned with 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 the declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in international law.

Governor Elrufai maintained that the report indicated the southern Kaduna senatorial district with the highest casualties in the period.

He expressed displeasure over continued violent clashes between communities in Zanfon Kataf, Kaura and Kauru LGAs.

Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan said 2553 people have been kidnapped in different parts of the state from January to October 2021.

Mr Aruwan also said12860 animals were rustled while the deaths linked to banditry and violent attacks were 888, with 220 bandits killed during the period under review.

Members of the National Assembly from Kaduna, traditional rulers, security agencies and members of the public attended the meeting.

Reporting by Aminu Dalhatu; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare