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Bandits, Bullet Have No Respect for Religion or Ethnic – El-rufai

Kaduna Northwest Nigeria: The terror group, Armed bandits who specialize in cattle rustling, killing, kidnapping, and sacking villages in northern Nigeria have killed one thousand nine hundred and seventy-two person while nine hundred and thirty-seven persons were kidnapped in kaduna state last year.

The figure was disclosed by the kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan on Saturday in kaduna while presenting a speech in a program organized by the Nigerian Institue of public relations (NIPR).

Mr. Aruwa, Who represents the kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-rufai at the occasion noted how the previous administration carelessly handles cattle rustling which grows to banditry in northern Nigeria.

According to him, Bandits are criminals who represent criminality and not ethnic or religious groups, unlike the usual times where people addressed Fulani herdsmen as terrorist groups.

The governor also accused some criminal gangs who usually attack Fulani settlers for no crime but in the name of reprisals or ethnic bigotry that makes Fulani herdsmen become the highest victims of banditry.

However, access to arms and drugs has done so much damages in the fight against insurgency by equipping bandits to carry terror attacks on Nigerians, but the kaduna state government has a record victory in recovering some sophisticated weapons from the bandits from January to June this year. 

The arms recovered include one RPG, one general-purpose machine gun, 44 Ak47 riffles, one Ak47 rifle, and one Barika pistol with 4,884 live ammunition among others.  

He also maintains a position that, since 2015 kaduna state government stand not to dialogue with bandits or pay ransom to kidnappers because paying ransom put more people at risk and therefore bandits should not receive profit for crime but be treated as criminals to face the wrath of the law.

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