I am helpless, frustrated - El-Rufai cries out over terrorists' attack in Kaduna

Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, expressed frustration and helplessness on Wednesday, saying that the military knew where the criminals wreaking havoc in the state were hiding but refused to bomb their hideouts.

I am helpless, frustrated - El-Rufai cries out over terrorists' attack in Kaduna
Nasir El-Rufai

He said that the terrorists' whereabouts were known to the public, and that the Department of State Services routinely monitored their phone lines. He however wondered why no action was taken until an incident happens.

El-Rufai noted, “We have enough intelligence for us to take action. The Air Force undertakes enough ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance); and the DSS has informants all over the place.

“We know what they (terrorists) are planning. We get the reports. The problem is for the agencies to take action. Don’t wait until they attack before you respond. The Army should go after their enclaves to wipe them out. Let the Air Force bomb them.

“Before, they were categorised as bandits and if you bombed them, you would have issues with human rights organisations and international criminal courts and so on. But, now that they have been declared terrorists by the court, they can be legally killed without any consequences from international human rights organisations.”

"We know where their camps are, we know where they are; the SSS have their phone numbers, they listen to them, and they give me the report. We know what they are planning. We shouldn’t be waiting for them to attack; why can’t we go after them?”

We are in a state of war; this place should be declared a warzone. The Army, Air Force, and the police should go in there and kill them. Will there be innocent casualties? Yes! In every war situation, there are casualties,” he added.

The governor further said that train services should stop at 4pm as night time had become too dangerous.

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