Insecurity: Why military onslaught against bandits is slow – El-Rufai

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The governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has said that government could not order a total annihilation of bandits due to the fear of being dragged before the International Court of Justice (ICC).

This, according to the governor, was responsible for the military‘s seeming reluctance to effectively engage the bandits and terrorists in the North-West.

The governor, who confirmed that the locations of the terrorists are known, said that they must be wiped out at once rather than the present piecemeal approach if the problem must be solved.

El-Rufai spoke while featuring on the weekly ministerial press briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, while he had campaigned for the bandits to be classified as terrorists, there were some pushbacks on the ground that they do not have a recognised leadership structure.

Governor El-Rufai expressed delight over the court ruling, which recently declared the bandits as terrorists and therefore made them “a fair game.”

He said to deal with criminality permanently, there must be simultaneous ground and air attacks in all the states hosting the criminals to prevent them from escaping.

El-Rufai further affirmed that kidnapping and terrorism had since become business but with the added element of collaborating with Boko Haram even as he said the effort to tackle the menace had been uncoordinated.

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