We will treat Bandits as Criminals henceforth – Buhari

Amidst mounting criticisms over the recent activities of bandits and killer herdsmen in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed never to grant amnesty to any group terrorizing any part of the country.

Buhari made this known on Thursday during the joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum and traditional rulers, he desribed the sad tales of woes the country is battling with in terms of security challenges, adding that he has asked the new service chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly situation.

Muhammadu Buhari

Represented by Ibrahim Gambari, his chief of staff, Buhari said criminality should be handled without resorting to ethnic profiling.

“I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence need to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.”

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals,” Buhari said.

In the meantime, the Niger state government has stated that it had not received support from the federal government for the release of Kagara school abduction. The abductors have declared that if no meaningful negotiation is done, the abductees may be starved to death.

This statement from the presidency may as well provoke the bandits to go for annihilation.

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